L’Esprit créateur, prestigious journal of Francophone Studies published by John Hopkins University Press and the University of Minnesota has just published a special issue, “Indian Ethnoscapes in Francophone Literature,” dedicated to Francophone descendants of indenture and the experiences of indentured Indians during a period of exploitation following slavery, which saw the arrival of people from China, the Congo, and India to work on Caribbean plantations.
In 2006 several French-speaking authors of Indian origin received awards for their work: Shenaz Patel (Prix Soroptimiste for Francophone Novel for Le Silence des Chagos) and Ananda Devi (Prix des 5 Continents de la Francophonie for Eve de ses décombres). Natacha Appanah-Mouriquand, Ernest Moutoussamy, and Khal Torabully, among others, also received recognition by critics. Residents of or originating from Mauritius, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Reunion, or France, these writers negotiate the tensions of multiple voyages, nationality, ethnic identity, and cultural memory.
L’Esprit Créateur (Volume 50, Number 2, Summer 2010): “Indian Ethnoscapes in Francophone Literature,” edited by Renée Larrier and Brinda J. Mehta, includes critical essays by Véronique Bragard, Anny Dominique Curtius, Patricia Donatien-Yssa, Gerry L’Étang, Salah Guemriche, Valérie Magdelaine-Andrianjafitrimo, Binita Mehta, Brinda J. Mehta, Srilata Ravi, Jean S. Sahaï, and Khal Torabully.
For full description (in French), see http://www.gensdelacaraibe.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4391:indian-ethnoscapes-in-francophone-literature&catid=41&Itemid=140
Photo (courtesy of the artist): “Kanyakumari” by Sephi Bergerson, from a fascinating article entitled “Who are these people that do travel photography anyway;” see http://www.sephi.com/travel/who-are-these-people-that-do-travel-photography-anyway/
For Bergerson’s spectacular site, see http://www.sephi.com/