L'empreinte à Chamoiseau

Translated title of the contribution: Chamoiseau's (Foot)print

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This article draws out some of the intertextual references of Patrick Chamoiseau's 2012 novel L'Empreinte à Crusoé to demonstrate that the essential subject-matter of this modern Antillean exploration of the Crusoe myth is writing itself. Building on this premise and examining the timeframe of the novel, which is positioned as a 'prequel' to Defoe's original text, the article argues that Chamoiseau's work is the first 'Robinsonnade' in French to claim a truly postcolonial status.
Translated title of the contributionChamoiseau's (Foot)print
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationPatrick Chamoiseau et la mer des récits
EditorsPierre Soubias, Catherine Mazauric, Guy Larroux, Delphine Rumeau
Place of PublicationBordeaux
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Bordeaux
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9791030002201
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2018
EventPatrick Chamoiseau et la mer des récits - Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, Toulouse, France
Duration: 8 Oct 201410 Oct 2014

Publication series

NameLittératures des Afriques


ConferencePatrick Chamoiseau et la mer des récits
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  • Chamoiseau
  • Defoe
  • Crusoe
  • intertextuality
  • Postcolonial


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