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Enduring Negativity: Representations of Albinism in the Fictional work of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine

Baker, Charlotte (2011) Enduring Negativity: Representations of Albinism in the Fictional work of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine. Modern French Identities . Peter Lang, Oxford. ISBN 9783034301794

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Abstract

This study focuses on fictional representations of albinism in the work of the French writers Didier Destremau and Patrick Grainville, and the Francophone Guinean writer Williams Sassine. The focus on selected novels allows for an in-depth study of each narrative and sheds new critical light on these under-studied writers, permitting a comparative discussion of the novels in relation to other writing about albinism. A series of common themes can be found in these novels, which, although present in different combinations and intensities, echo the preoccupations of all fictional writing about albinism. They include a recognition of the problematic relationship between inner and outer reality (in both bodily terms and in relation to notions of inclusion and exclusion), the challenging of accepted categories and designations, and the consequent problematisation of the relationship between Self and Other. Bound up with these issues, of course, are questions of identity and power.

Item Type: Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 58605
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2012 11:20
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 02:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58605

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