This important book breaks new ground in the area of French Caribbean literature, theatre and culture. It provides a rich cultural history of recent developments in the French Antilles, showing how theatre has intersected with other political and literary movements surrounding the issue of “Creoleness” and the place of the Antilles within the Caribbean and France. As such, it is ideal for teaching in various classes on Francophone Literature and the French Caribbean, and for those interested in including the French Antilles within the broader Afro-Atlantic context.
Laurent M. Dubois, author of Haiti:
The Aftershocks of History
What is striking...is the breadth of work it incorporates: over one hundred plays are discussed, many of which are unpublished, a good number being written in Creole. This is a further original aspect of the proposal—the focus on Creole-language texts, and I am unaware of any other study that covers so much contemporary theatre in both the main languages of expression in the French Caribbean.
Martin Munro, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University
Stéphanie Bérard is Assistant Professor in the Department of French at the University of Virginia. Her research concerns Caribbean literature and culture (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti) in the context of postcolonial and theater studies. She is a specialist in Francophone and Creolophone Caribbean theater as well as contemporary African dramatists of the diaspora. She is the author of Théâtres des Antilles: traditions et scènes contemporaines (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2009) and co-edited the special issue Emergences Caraïbes: une création théâtrale archipélique published by the journal Africultures (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2010). She is completing a monograph on the Franco-Beninese playwright José Pliya: African Theater Beyond Borders: José Pliya, a Playwright of the Multiple In-Between (Paris:
270 pp., softcover with b & w illustrations, 6 x 9 inches.
Cat. #: CSP1762
ISBN #: 9781626321762