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Over the rainbow

Waters, J. (2018) Over the rainbow. In: The Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging. Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 56. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp. 202-218. ISBN 9781786941497

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3828/mlo.v0i0.262

Abstract/Summary

In the conclusion, I reflect that a common concern with the problem of belonging unites all of the novels of my corpus. Despite the great diversity of forms of belonging imagined, there also emerge areas of striking convergence: the trope of the journey of discovery; moments of rapturous connection with the island’s natural beauty; the haunting figure of the stateless migrant; and a desire to connect with Creole characters and hence with a long-suppressed, locally-rooted ‘Creole’ culture that endures in the interstices of Mauritius’s dominant, diasporic ‘community system’. When combined with the novels’ common resistance to prescriptive identitarian models, these convergences betray a potentially unifying, future-orientated commitment to common values, to the ongoing project of Mauritian nationhood and to the tantalising fiction of belonging.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > French
ID Code:91435
Additional Information:This is the Conclusion. The full book, entitled: 'The Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging', is referenced on CentAUR here: http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/76132/.
Publisher:Liverpool University Press

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