Sciuto 2014 Violence

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Author: Jenna Grace Sciuto

Title: Postcolonial Palimpsests

Subtitle: Fragmented Subjectivities, Sexual Violence, and Colonial Inheritance in Tierno Monénembo, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and William Faulkner

Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, Northeastern University

Year: 2014

Pages: 240pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Haitian History, Rwandan History, U.S. History | Representations: Literature / William Faulkner, Tierno Monénembo, Marie Vieux-Chauvet

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Abstract: »My project explores a diverse group of novels from different cultures and countries to reach beyond the earlier model of Postcolonial Literature structured around Edward Said's seminal Orientalism with Great Britain as the center. I consider the histories and literature of nations farther afield than those that make up the canon of Commonwealth Literature to address the role of U.S. imperialism, as well as other forms of European colonialism, that are not taken into account by the orientation of global literature around Said's paradigm. This opening up of the field will make room for the complex reverberations of colonialism in the post-/neo-colonial era, such as the United States military occupation of Haiti in the early twentieth century and the role of the French in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. I acknowledge the range of different global colonialisms and explore their impact upon the post-/neo-colonial present, while still leaving space for the differences between forms of colonialism. In order to do this, I consider texts from a range of countries, cultures, and temporal periods, including works by William Faulkner, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and Tierno Monénembo, to emphasize the multiplicity of experiences of colonialism, while also underscoring the commonalities—structural racism, sexism, classism, and violence as a tool of control—between them.« (Source: ProQuest)


  Abstract (p. 2)
  Acknowledgements (p. 4)
  Introduction (p. 7)
  Chapter 1: Entwined Colonialisms and the Cyclical Nature of Colonial Crimes in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! (p. 18)
  Chapter 2: "[I]t clears the whole ledger": Sexual Violence, Plantation Intimacy, and Sexual Policing in William Faulkner's Neo-Colonial U.S. South (p. 75)
  Chapter 3: "It's a colonial legacy to which we cling&quit;: The Lingering Effects of Colonialism in Post-Independence Haitian Society as Depicted in Marie Vieux-Chauvet's Love (p. 125)
  Chapter 4: Exploring Colonial Inheritance, Traumatized Subjectivities and Skewed Sexuality in Tierno Monénembo's The Oldest Orphan (p. 173)
  Conclusion: The Remnants of Colonial Sexual Violence in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Call for Further Scholarship (p. 213)
  Coda: Looking Forward: Can Literature Ever Translate to Political Action? (p. 220)
  Bibliography (p. 224)

Wikipedia: William Faulkner, Tierno Monénembo, Marie Vieux Chauvet

Added: June 28, 2014 | Last updated: June 28, 2014