An Interview with Ananda Devi. Beyond Façade and Grotesque Spluttering: The Worlds and Work of Literature

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Abstract

In this interview, conducted by Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, acclaimed Francophone writer Ananda Devi discusses the act of writing as “a way of shifting the building-blocks of the real world to create … an alternate world.” Referencing her own creative work and literary journey from Mauritius to Paris, she engages in a profound reflection on the power of literature in creating awareness about the multiple divides of our contemporary world. As she provides critical insights of la francophonie littéraire, Devi also addresses complex sites of belonging and unbelonging to reflect more broadly on the ethical position of the transnational writer, namely in the context of the uneven process of globalization that generates both hybridity and radicalization of identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary French and Francophone Studies
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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