Title page for ETD etd-04262012-163640

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hill, Andrew Walton
Author's Email Address ahill31@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-04262012-163640
Title Simmering in the Tombs: The Role of the Zombie in Patrick Chamoiseau's Chronique des Sept Misères and Simone Schwarz-Bart's Ti Jean L'horizon
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department French Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ngandu Nkashama, Pius Committee Chair
Peters, Rosemary Committee Member
Yeager, Jack Committee Member
  • zombies
  • Simone Schwarz-Bart
  • Creole
  • Patrick Chamoiseau
Date of Defense 2012-04-18
Availability unrestricted
The figure of the zombie is a recurring trope for writers in the French Antilles. Two of the most influential and popular authors in modern French-Antillean literature are Patrick Chamoiseau from Martinique and Simone Schwarz-Bart from Guadeloupe. Both of these authors use the figure of the zombie as representations of colonization and the lingering trauma of slavery in Antillean society. In this thesis, I examine two of the most well-known works by these authors, Chamoiseau’s Chronique des Sept Misères (1986) and Schwarz-Bart’s Ti Jean L’horizon (1979), and how these texts use the nature of the zombie in an effort to define Antillean identity. I argue that it is through the use of the zombie in these texts that Schwarz-Bart and Chamoiseau are able to create a portrait of Antillean culture which, as well as illustrating the importance of history, also proposes a plan to strengthen Antillean identity and literature in the future.

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