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Belonging to the moment: Carl de Souza's Les Jours Kaya

Waters, J. (2018) Belonging to the moment: Carl de Souza's Les Jours Kaya. In: The Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging. Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 56. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp. 51-76. ISBN 9781786941497

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3828/mlo.v0i0.257


This chapter examines Carl de Souza’s fictional depiction of the 1999 Kaya riots in relation to Frantz Fanon’s theory of anti-colonial violence, as the novel attempts to give fictional form to both the destructive and creative dimensions of the violence. The chapter explores the kinds of collective belonging that might emerge in place of the divisive, ethnic identities that the violence sought to destroy. Offering no easy answers to the problem of belonging that the riots so violently raise, there emerges in Souza’s novel a strong but fleeting sense of ‘belonging to the moment’. Yet, Mauritius’s future is ultimately portrayed as uncertain and its post-independence project of nation-building unfinished. As the chapter argues, Les Jours Kaya warns of the dangers of squandering the unique opportunity for positive social change that the riots offer, and of failing to harness their cathartic and unifying, nation-building potential.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > French
ID Code:91427
Additional Information:This is the Chapter 1. The full book, entitled: 'The Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging', is referenced on CentAUR here:
Publisher:Liverpool University Press


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