The Postcolonial Fable as Utopian Practice

Bruyère Vincent
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While postcolonial studies have striven to deconstruct ideological legacies inside theoretical patterns inherited from Western, and interrogated this very deconstruction process inside the literary production, without considering the ideological nature of the postcolonialism itself, the goal of this paper is to show that the postcolonial project, becomes subject to a specific (or better singular) utopian practice, in as much as it is textually “realized” (that is, performed as real), and only realizable in texts by means of textual practices. According to the Michel de Certeau’s statements about oppositional practices in the historiographic order of discourse, the postcolonial “fable” designates the scriptural enactment which authorizes a subaltern “capture of speech” in postcolonial contexts. Utopian practices correspond here, following the work of Louis Marin (1973), to the discursive enactments which allows the inscription and figuration in a text of an ideological process, but in the same time its rewriting as critical response to a representational order.
Through examples of the francophone West Indian novelist Patrick Chamoiseau we would analyze several utopian strategies enacting in that texts to ideologically invest and reconstruct the Western corpuses of discourses on cultural identity, and especially anatomo-political ones, in a foucaldian sense.

Keywords: Postcolonial fable, Utopian practice, Louis Marin, Michel de Certeau
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in French
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Bruyère Vincent

Ph.D candidate, Canada Research Chair in African Literatures and Francophonie
CELAT, Laval University

Quebec, Canada

I am Ph.D candidate in Literary studies at Laval University (Quebec city). My research focuses on the French cultural theory (especially Michel de Certeau and Louis Marin) applied on Postcolonial cultural and literary studies, through the notion of "fable", but also on the epistemocritic of identity and identitarian process in West Indian and West African cultural productions.
Forthcoming articles:

« L’épreuve mémoriale dans Allah Tantou de David Achkar », Actes du colloque « L’Afrique réconciliée. Images et Mémoires », Concordia University, (à venir chez Mémoire d’encre).

« Solitude de Houellebecq. A propos de l’économie d’une fable cartographique », dans Houellebecq et l’écriture houellebecquienne, sous la direction de Sabine van Wesemael (Université d’Amsterdam), (à venir chez Rodopi).

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