About this Event
900 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045
(Professor, World and Classical Languages and Literatures, Benedictine College)
"Revisiting Trauma: History, Trauma and the Relationship to the Other in the Novels of Gisele Pineau"
WED NOV 16, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Hall Center Conference Hall
This presentation is part of a larger project on the works of Gisèle Pineau, a novelist from Guadeloupe who grew up in metropolitan France. Pineau’s novels feature protagonists who experience generational trauma and alienation, often navigating the cultural and geographic spaces of Guadeloupe and the metropole. Daphne McConnell’s current project considers the representation of trauma in Pineau’s novels within the context of literary trauma theory, particularly within the postcolonial context. This research is part of a comprehensive study of the themes of cultural identity, history, trauma and relation to the “other” in Pineau’s writing. The theoretical framework for McConnell’s analysis of Pineau’s works includes trauma theory in literature, as well as Édouard Glissant’s recent expansion on his theories of Caribbean literature in Poetics of Relation, where he asserts that identity expressed in relation to the other has a transformative capacity to definitively escape a colonial structure.