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Simek, Nicole. Hunger and Irony in the French Cari

Nicole Simek

Hunger and Irony in the French Caribbean

Literature, Theory, and Public Life
  • Palgrave Macmillan US
  • 2020
  • 212 Seiten
  • ISBN 9781349719358

Through a series of case studies spanning the bounds of literature, photography, essay, and manifesto, this book examines the ways in which literary texts do theoretical, ethical, and political work. Nicole Simek approaches the relationship between literature, theory, and public life through a specific site, the French Antillean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and focuses on two mutually elucidating terms: hunger and irony. Reading these concepts together helps elucidate irony's creative potential and limits. If hunger gives irony purchase by anchoring it in particular historical and material conditions, irony also gives a literature and politics of hunger a means for moving beyond a given situation, for

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pushing through the inertias of history and culture.

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