I’m just back from the University of Oxford ‘Language and Identity in Francophone Worlds’ conference. I was invited to give a paper by organizers Elizabeth Marcus and Edward Still, and was very pleased to have the opportunity to discuss my work on language and identity, politics and ecocriticism in the context of the 2009 General Strikes in Guadeloupe and Martinique. You can see the programme here:
The language used by Francophone Caribbean authors to define identity and to challenge the status quo has always been one of the most fascinating creative aspects of French Caribbean literature. For example, Aimé Césaire’s poetry uses many neologisms, and as the Zobel project advances, I’ll be thinking (and blogging) more about Zobel’s own innovative use of language to define identity as an author writing between the Caribbean, France and Senegal, and to challenge power hierarchies.