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Les Iles dans l’Ile : la créolisation réticente des Franco-Mauriciens et Petits-Blancs dans les romans de Dormann et Agénor

Abstract : Although the Indian Ocean archipelago still struggles to surface, the recent move of island studies towards a constructed notion of insularity means that research on islands and their creolisation tends to favour representations that depict them as connected and opened spaces. If in the Mascarenes and elsewhere this re-reading leads to prolific and rich studies of contemporary literary production on islands, texts that do not partake to this vision together with the population they represent can be left behind. In analysing Dormann’ Le Bal du Dodo and Agénor’s Bé-Maho which depict white communities in Mauritius and Reunion, this article proposes to explore how the literary portrayal of different insular experiences complicates how creolisation on these islands has been theorised so far. It argues that the inclusion of ‘pure’ white communities in the study of the Mascarenes’ creolisation and archipelisation uncovers the tensions which characterise the formulation of South-Western Indian Ocean islands’ identity and spatiality. Comparing the depiction of the Franco-Mauritian and the Little-White’s communities, this analysis demonstrates that their refusal to biologically creolise fragments the island’s imaginary geography and defines Indian Ocean creolisation as a process characterised by the resistance with which it is undertaken
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Rosa M. Beunel. Les Iles dans l’Ile : la créolisation réticente des Franco-Mauriciens et Petits-Blancs dans les romans de Dormann et Agénor. Carnets de Recherches de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion, 2019, Varia. ⟨hal-02474957⟩

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