The Subversion of Class and Gender Roles in the Novels of Lindsey Collen (1948-): Mauritian Social Activist and Writer

The Subversion of Class and Gender Roles in the Novels of Lindsey Collen (1948-): Mauritian Social Activist and Writer

By: Felicity Hand (author)Hardback

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This book is the first full-length study of the literary output of South African-born, Mauritian-based novelist, Lindsey Collen. The study analyzes aspects of her writing from a cultural studies standpoint. It is a reassessment of social, cultural and historical conventions. By locating her work within the spatial and political geography of the South-West Indian Ocean, the book provides a detailed cultural context within which Collen's work is inscribed and illustrates how she has broken the stranglehold of French on Mauritian creative writing. It also proposes a change in outlook as regards identity categories as the study posits a new category, clethnicity, as the way into her novels. In the Mauritian context, class and ethnicity become blurred and feed into each other. Class is lived through ethnicity rather than alongside it which suggests that the inescapability of poor economic resources are identified rather too closely with ethnic essentialism, making clethnicity a far more accurate term. Collen's work reflects a common political purpose expressed through a highly poetical language and self-reflexive narrative techniques.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773414280
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780773414280
  • ISBN10: 0773414282

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