Witnessing, Reimagining the French Caribbean

Moderated by Jean-Jacques Garnier from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Presented in French with English subtitles. English transcription available to non-French speakers. This panel […]


Witnessing, Reimagining the French Caribbean

Authors:Françoise James Ousénie, Miguel Duplan


Moderated by Jean-Jacques Garnier from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Presented in French with English subtitles.
English transcription available to non-French speakers.

This panel discusses the recent developments in French Caribbean poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, showing how literature continues to intersect with other political and artistic movements within the broader Afro-Atlantic context, forging new visions for the future by reconfiguring narratives of the past.  Miguel Duplan (Martinique/Guyane), and Françoise James Ousénie (French Guyana) will combine brief readings from their works and discuss the niche that Caribbean writers occupy within the francophone world.

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Françoise James Ousénie

Françoise James Ousénie is the director of cultural affairs of the city of Cayenne, French Guiana. She is the author of the novels Entre l’Arbre et l’Ecorce (2009) and Voile de Misère sur les Filles de Cham (2003), and the poetry collection Poésie Piment, Girofle et Cannelle (2004). Published in 2013, her third novel, La Complainte de la Négresse Ambroisine D’Chimbo, is inspired by a Guyanese legend. It is a great love story between Ambroisine, a runaway slave, and D’Chimbo, a historical character depicted either as a beast or a monster in the colonial literature of the 19th century. Françoise James Loe-Mie shows the world for what it is, writing about grime, misery, lies, incest, and homosexuality – all part of life. She explores these themes in her fourth novel, Pénurie de graines (2016), was published by Orphie Editions.

Miguel Duplan

Miguel Duplan was born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique and lives in French Guiana, where he teaches. He is the author of L’Acier, Discours profane, Un long silence de Carnaval, Les chants incomplets, Chronique des monts jolis, and L’indépendance des âmes.

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