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By Françoise Lionnet
Passionate allegiances to competing theoretical camps have stifled discussion between modern-day literary critics, asserts Françoise Lionnet. Discussing a couple of postcolonial narratives by way of girls from a number of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, she bargains a comparative feminist method which can offer universal floor for debates on such matters as multiculturalism, universalism, and relativism.
Lionnet makes use of the idea that of métissage, or cultural blending, in her readings of a wealthy array of Francophone and Anglophone texts―by Michelle Cliff from Jamaica, Suzanne Dracius-Pinalie from Martinique, Ananda Devi from Mauritius, Maryse Conde and Myriam Warner-Vieyra from Guadeloupe, Gayl Jones from the U.S., Bessie Head from Botswana, Nawal El Saadawi from Egypt, and Leila Sebbar from Algeria and France. concentrating on topics of exile and displacement and on narrative remedies of culturally sanctioned excision, polygamy, and homicide, Lionnet examines the mental and social mechanisms that permit participants to barter conflicting cultural affects. In her view, those writers reject the competition among self and different and base their self-portrayals on a métissage of kinds and influences.
Lionnet's standpoint has a lot to provide critics and theorists, whether or not they have an interest in First or 3rd international contexts, American or French severe views, essentialist or poststructuralist epistemologies.
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