The narratives of Olaudah Equiano,
Frederick Douglass or Mary Prince, to name but a few, have now become classics. But over
the past two decades, a good number of novels have been published that echo the original
slave narratives, both narratologically and thematically speaking.
The aim of the conference is not to examine once more the 18th & 19th century
narratives. Even if the historical & generic reference is necessary, it will
rather focus on the new versions as such. What were the choices made by the late 20th
century writers when they revisited the original texts with fictionalised versions,
historical novels, pseudo-autobiographies, etc. ? Why did they adopt this architecture?
How did they reappropriate or distort it ? What can be said of the generic tension between
the original model and its rewritten versions ?
A few names might serve as a starting point although not as a limit : Fred D'Aguiar,
Dionne Brand, Patrick Chamoiseau, Beryl Gilroy, Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, Caryl
Phillips, Simone Schwarz-Bart, John Alfred Williams, Sherley Ann Williams.
This conference can be of interest to all those working in the Caribbean field, anglophone
or francophone, as well as the African and African-American field.
Please submit your proposals (half a page) by September 15, 2002
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by post:
Département d'Etudes Anglophones
Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III
Route de Mende
34199 Montpellier cedex 5