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Lee, V. (2020). Depictions of the Female Artist in French Caribbean Women’s Theatre. In: Adele Bardazzi and Alberica Bazzoni (Ed.), Gender and Authority Across Disciplines, Space and Time: . Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Depictions of the Female Artist in French Caribbean Women’s Theatre
2020 (English)In: Gender and Authority Across Disciplines, Space and Time / [ed] Adele Bardazzi and Alberica Bazzoni, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses the experience of black female creatives as depicted in plays by Caribbean women writers; Maryse Condé’s Pension les alizés (1988), and Gerty Dambury’s Trames (2008) and Des doutes et des errances (2014). The plays here analyzed depict female characters as artists, writers, or even performers, who attempt to reconcile everyday life, relationships and their creative work. Condé and Dambury stage the obstacles relating to race and gender discrimination their characters face, but also how these women transcend stereotypes and strive for a new form of creative expression. Looking at plays written between the 1980s and the mid-2010s – a period which witnessed intense fluctuations of the concepts of race, gender, and identity in the arts and society – allows us to appraise the development of these concerns from the late twentieth to the early twenty-first century.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
Keywords
gender, authority, Caribbean, theatre, drama, Guadeloupe
National Category
Performing Arts Performing Art Studies Specific Languages Cultural Studies Gender Studies
Research subject
Humanities; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90435 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-09
Lee, V. (2019). Colonial Food Metaphors in Postcolonial Cinema: The Case of Michelange Quay’s Eat, for This is My Body (2007). Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, 11(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Colonial Food Metaphors in Postcolonial Cinema: The Case of Michelange Quay’s Eat, for This is My Body (2007)
2019 (English)In: Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, ISSN 1918-5901, Vol. 11, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the use of imagery relating to food and culinary practices and their relation to colonial power dynamics and stereotypes in films set or filmed in post-colonial contexts. The colonial history of the Caribbean is particularly linked to the use of food imagery in the definition of colonial power dynamics and the representation of colonized and enslaved populations. The works of American-Haitian filmmaker Michelange Quay exploit this imagery as a critique of Haiti’s colonial past and neocolonial present. The article focuses on Quay’s Eat, for This is My Body (2007), an oneiric exploration of race, power, religion, hunger, food and freedom, set in France and Haiti. The film is analysed through the prism of “food metaphors” evoking cannibalism, starvation, and gluttony found in colonial discourses and which persist in post-colonial representations and imaginaries. The analysis shows how these metaphors are visually represented on film, and how they are used to constitute a new idiom with which to describe the postcolonial experience in Haiti.

Keywords
film, race, colonialism, food, Haiti, Caribbean, religion
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Studies on Film Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies; Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90432 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-13
Lee, V. (2019). Food, Otherness and National Identity in French and French- language Cinemas. In: : . Paper presented at Ninth International Conference on Food Studies, Oct 24 - 25, 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Food, Otherness and National Identity in French and French- language Cinemas
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses how national identity and Othering are constructed through representations of food in French and French-language films. I focus on the French context, for if there have been a number of studies of films depicting the experiences of migrant communities in France and the confrontations between migrant communities and the "host" French communities (Sherzer, 1996; Dubois, 2016; Higbee, 2013; Berghahn, 2013; Asava, 2017), few delve into the representations of food and culinary practices in much detail. The questions raised in this paper may however be applied to other national contexts. To demonstrate how images and discourses related to cooking and eating are employed to convey specific representations of national identity and foreignness, I analyse four films made in the first decades of the twenty-first century (The Secret of the Grain, 2007, Abdellatif Kechiche; Cuire ensemble, 2014, François Pirotte and Foued Bellali; Serial (Bad) Weddings, 2014, Philippe de Chauveron; Tazzeka, 2017, Jean-Philippe Gaud). In these films food comes across as a marker of difference and/or sameness, and as a key element in the construction of national identity. The paper also investigates how these questions of food and national identity are further problematised by factors such as the migrant crisis in Europe and the existence of "postmigratory" generations (Kleppinger and Reeck, 2018) in France who consider themselves French as well as possessing multiple cultural identities.

Keywords
food, nationalism, France, migration, identity
National Category
Studies on Film Specific Languages Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Humanities; Humanities, Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90434 (URN)
Conference
Ninth International Conference on Food Studies, Oct 24 - 25, 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-09
Lee, V. (2019). (In)soumise à la censure: l’activisme littéraire et politique de Suzanne Roussi Césaire. In: Presented at ‘La censure dans/et les productions culturelles postcoloniales francophones et anglophones/Censorship and/in Francophone and Anglophone Postcolonial Cultural Productions’: Maison Internationale des Langues et de la Culture, Université Lyon III. April 26-27. Paper presented at ‘La censure dans/et les productions culturelles postcoloniales francophones et anglophones/Censorship and/in Francophone and Anglophone Postcolonial Cultural Productions’, Maison Internationale des Langues et de la Culture, Université Lyon III. April 26-27.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>(In)soumise à la censure: l’activisme littéraire et politique de Suzanne Roussi Césaire
2019 (French)In: Presented at ‘La censure dans/et les productions culturelles postcoloniales francophones et anglophones/Censorship and/in Francophone and Anglophone Postcolonial Cultural Productions’: Maison Internationale des Langues et de la Culture, Université Lyon III. April 26-27, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Series
Transtext(e)s Transcultures 跨文本跨文化
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81522 (URN)
Conference
‘La censure dans/et les productions culturelles postcoloniales francophones et anglophones/Censorship and/in Francophone and Anglophone Postcolonial Cultural Productions’, Maison Internationale des Langues et de la Culture, Université Lyon III. April 26-27
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-10-02
Lee, V. (2019). Nouveaux entretiens avec Maryse Condé by François Pfaff, Paris : Éditions Karthala, 2016 [Review]. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 22(1-2), 155-157
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nouveaux entretiens avec Maryse Condé by François Pfaff, Paris : Éditions Karthala, 2016
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Francophone Studies, ISSN 1368-2679, Vol. 22, no 1-2, p. 155-157Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Intellect Ltd., 2019
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81521 (URN)000482174300010 ()
Note

Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved
Lee, V. (2018). Portraying the ‘Other’: the ‘Oriental’ in French theatre and culture. In: Presented at Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) Annual Conference 2018: . Paper presented at Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) Annual Conference, 16-17 November 2018. Lancaster: Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Portraying the ‘Other’: the ‘Oriental’ in French theatre and culture
2018 (English)In: Presented at Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) Annual Conference 2018, Lancaster: Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) , 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The image of an exotic, Oriental other has inhabited the imaginaries of European theatre audiences and practitioners for centuries. This paper proposes to trace the genealogy of Orientalist tropes in European – specifically French – theatre, by looking at the trajectory of the first Chinese play translated into a European language, Ji Junxiang’s Zhao shi gu er [The Orphan of the house of Zhao]. Translated by Joseph de Prémare in 1731, the work inspired ‘exotic’ plays by Voltaire, in France, and Arthur Murphy, in Britain. The play has experienced several ‘revivals’ over recent years, leading to various debates and critiques around diversity, cultural stereotypes and appropriation. Voltaire’s L’Orphelin de la Chine was performed in France in 2007, with little questioning of the Orientalist aspects of the 1755 play by the production team. In 2012, an adaptation of the play by James Fenton performed at the RSC caused controversy due to the white-washing of the cast. These productions reveal how colonial, Orientalist and racist stereotypes remain in Western art forms. The talk will also discuss the more recent history of ‘borrowing’ from Asian theatre styles by European practitioners, which saw its peak in the later-half of twentieth-century with the emergence of intercultural theatre troupes led by Ariane Mnouchkine and Peter Brook. Although emerging from a desire to embrace the ‘universality’ of theatre, works by these practitioners have tended to perpetuate cultural stereotypes about the ‘East’. The talk will end with a brief overview of current representations of the ‘Oriental Other’ in the French media and culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lancaster: Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS), 2018
Keywords
theatre, orientalism, china, France, Voltaire
National Category
Performing Arts General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities; Humanities, Visual Culture; Humanities, French literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80329 (URN)
Conference
Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) Annual Conference, 16-17 November 2018
Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Lee, V. (2018). [ Review of ] Emily Sahakian, Staging Creolization: Women's Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean: Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017. xiii + 274 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. ISBN 978-0-8139-4007-6 (pb). ISBN 978-0-8139-4008-3 (eb). ISBN 978-0-8139-4009-0 [Review]. H-France Review, 18(36), 1-4
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[ Review of ] Emily Sahakian, Staging Creolization: Women's Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean: Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017. xiii + 274 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. ISBN 978-0-8139-4007-6 (pb). ISBN 978-0-8139-4008-3 (eb). ISBN 978-0-8139-4009-0
2018 (English)In: H-France Review, ISSN 1553-9172, Vol. 18, no 36, p. 1-4Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Charleston: H-France, 2018
National Category
Performing Art Studies Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities; Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81519 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Lee, V. (2018). The life and works of Suzanne Césaire. In: Translating Cultures : French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration: Monday 24 September 2018, 10.15 – 17.00, British Library Knowledge Centre. Paper presented at Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration. Monday 24 September 2018, 10.15 – 17.00, British Library Knowledge Centre.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The life and works of Suzanne Césaire
2018 (English)In: Translating Cultures : French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration: Monday 24 September 2018, 10.15 – 17.00, British Library Knowledge Centre, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper gives an outline of the life and works of a twentieth-century French Caribbean author Suzanne Césaire. Long eclipsed by the fame and success of her husband Aimé Césaire, recent scholarship have started to focus on the works and politics of Suzanne Césaire.

Keywords
Caribbean, Women's literature, literature, Martinique, Women
National Category
Cultural Studies Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities, French literature; Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80328 (URN)
Conference
Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration. Monday 24 September 2018, 10.15 – 17.00, British Library Knowledge Centre
Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved
Lee, V. (2017). Art and Politics in Contemporary French Caribbean Theatre: The (Re)presentation of Guadeloupe’s 2009 General Strike in Gerty Dambury’s Les Atlantiques amers and Des doutes et des errances. Journal of Romance Studies, 17(2), 211-231
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Art and Politics in Contemporary French Caribbean Theatre: The (Re)presentation of Guadeloupe’s 2009 General Strike in Gerty Dambury’s Les Atlantiques amers and Des doutes et des errances
2017 (English)In: Journal of Romance Studies, ISSN 1473-3536, E-ISSN 1752-2331, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 211-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses two plays by Guadeloupean writer Gerty Dambury that offer two complementary perspectives on the Guadeloupe general strike of 2009: Les Atlantiques amers (2009) and Des doutes et des errances (2014). The discussion will focus on each play in turn. The first section, covering Les Atlantiques amers, provides an analysis of the dramatic devices used by Dambury to articulate the relation between art and politics. The second section is an examination of Des doutes et des errances, and the ways in which Dambury proceeds to a reassessment of the themes of politics, identity, and immigration explored in Les Atlantiques amers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017
Keywords
Caribbean, theatre, drama, politics, Dambury, Guadeloupe, France
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Humanities, French literature; Humanities; Humanities, Visual Culture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81516 (URN)10.3828/jrs.2017.15 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Lee, V. (2017). Dangerous Creole Liaisons: Sexuality and Nationalism in French Caribbean Discourses from 1806 to 1897: by Jacqueline Couti. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016. 224 pp. ISBN: 9781781383018 [Review]. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Biannual Publication, 8(1), 24-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dangerous Creole Liaisons: Sexuality and Nationalism in French Caribbean Discourses from 1806 to 1897: by Jacqueline Couti. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016. 224 pp. ISBN: 9781781383018
2017 (English)In: Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Biannual Publication, E-ISSN 2044-4109, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 24-26Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bailrigg: Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS), 2017
National Category
History Art History Languages and Literature Cultural Studies
Research subject
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81517 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved
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