French Novels

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The highly distinguished writer Maryse Cond is perhaps best known for her contribution to the world of academia, after having lectured at many well-known universities across America and Europe before retiring from Colombia University in 2004. Her contribution to the literary domain is also outstanding, with many of her novels contributing towards issues of race and gender…

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Cond's Traverse de la Mangrove and Chamoiseau's Chronique des sept misres will be closely analysed in this essay in order to provide a comparative analysis of the use of French and other local languages in both novels. Firstly, the narrative technique of both novels will be analysed in order to determine how the French language is presented and the message that each author wishes to portray to the reader as a result. The presentation of local languages will also be considered so that insight can be gained into how each author wishes to represent their place of birth and its culture through linguistic technique. Finally, the use of myth and fantasy will be examined so that a clear form of usage can be defined, in order to decipher its function within the portrayal of the French language.
By representing a collection of different opinions, all of which question each other's motives, Cond provides a way of presenting collective accounts as a means of several possibilities and ways to write a novel. This free and somewhat disorderly structure may suggest that Cond wishes to counteract typical order and demands. An argument for this case can be put forward as Cond's female characters speak in the first person. ...
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