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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lovasz, Michelle Anne
URN etd-05052002-210730
Title French Caribbean Women and the Problem of Empowerment: A look at _Moi, Tituba sorcière...Noire de Salem_ and _Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle_
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Farquhar, Sue Committee Chair
Gillman, Laura J. Committee Member
Gueye, Medoune Committee Member
O'Donnell, J. Dean Jr. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Identity Politics
  • Empowerment
  • Postcolonialism
  • Créolité
  • Simone Schwarz-Bart
  • Maryse Condé
Date of Defense 2002-04-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis explores the problem of self-empowerment for the French Caribbean Black woman as presented in the novels Moi, Tituba, sorcière...Noire de Salem and Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle. The respective authors, Maryse Condé and Simone Schwarz-Bart, use fiction to convey the plight of women in the French Caribbean. They successfully create characters who refuse marginalization imposed by their patriarchal and oppressive societies. Condé's novel, set in the 17th century first in Barbados, and then in Puritan New England depicts the challenges Tituba overcomes in reaching liberation. Schwarz-Bart presents the story of Télumée, set in Guadeloupe at the beginning of the 20th century. My study focuses specifically on the characters of Tituba and Télumée to show ways that they thwart the dominant social structures and norms that seek to disempower them. It reveals ways that Condé and Schwarz-Bart make use of literature to reverse European perceptions of gender and race. Consequently, the literary fictions they create suggest possible ways of escaping marginalization and refusing racial and gendered subjugation.
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