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191. Literature, Culture, and Film of the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Monday, 9 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Missouri, Sheraton Chicago

Program arranged by the Division on Francophone Literatures and Cultures

Presiding: Anne Donadey, San Diego State Univ.

1. "The Cultural Production of Maore (Mayotte)," Daniel Golembeski, Grand Valley State Univ.

Daniel Golembeski's Annotation:
The Updated Abstract and Complete list of References for this presentation are now available on the convention website. Anyone wishing a copy of my presentation can request one at/after the convention. Here is the updated abstract:

The new status of the island of Mayotte (Maore) as the fifth French Overseas Department means that Mahorais culture is now officially part of the Francophone world, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Has this change in status provided a boost to cultural production intended for audiences beyond Mayotte's coral reef? Perhaps. Indeed, officially becoming part of France has resulted in renewed tension between French and Mahorais cultures, the latter now trying to carve out a space within a society where local cultures lack official status of virtually any kind. At the same time, traditional French society is struggling to understand how to integrate Mahorais culture into its own fabric, in much the same way as it attempts to embrace the many immigrant cultures already present in the Hexagon.
In recent years, performances of island dances have gained in popularity in metropolitan France, a full-length film was produced on the island that was broadcast on the RTBF network in August 2013, and French-language literature, mostly penned as yet by Wazungu – natives of metropolitan France living on the island – is beginning to emerge. Some strides have been made in setting the stage for a future literature in Shimaore and Kibushi, but for the most part, creative work in the island’s indigenous languages remains limited to music, dance, and oral narrative. In this talk, I survey existing cultural production and point out some recent developments.

2. "History, Rituals, and Traditions: The Malagasy People in Monique Agénor's Comme un Vol de Papang," Murielle M. Perrier, Princeton Univ.

3. "Oceanic Feminisms? Women's Writing of French Expression in Oceania," Julia Frengs, Univ. of Maryland, College Park


  • Francophone Literature – General

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