Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, Charles Maurras and colonial Madagascar

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Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1903–1937) is widely considered to be the first major writer of la francophonie and as Madagascar’s national poet. His untimely death has been interpreted as an act of rebellion against French colonial rule. However, little attention has been given to his outspoken attachment to the ideas of Charles Maurras and the far right Action Française. This article explores Rabearivelo’s politics, his ambivalent relationship with colonial rule and the complexity of the identity politics expressed in his work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalModern & Contemporary France
Issue number1
Early online date18 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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