By Nicole Simek
Through a sequence of case stories spanning the limits of literature, images, essay, and manifesto, this booklet examines the ways that literary texts do theoretical, moral, and political paintings. Nicole Simek ways the connection among literature, thought, and public existence via a selected website, the French Antillean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and specializes in at the same time elucidating phrases: starvation and irony. interpreting those recommendations jointly is helping elucidate irony’s inventive capability and bounds. If starvation offers irony buy via anchoring it particularly ancient and fabric stipulations, irony additionally supplies a literature and politics of starvation a way for relocating past a given state of affairs, for pushing throughout the inertias of heritage and culture.
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This ironic play, through which apparent meaning is reversed, only to be reasserted as “true,” shapes the crucial opening pages of the novel, which set up the retrospective journey about to unfold. Describing Rosélie’s terror at sleeping alone, the novel ﬁrst alludes to Stephen as an unnamed but disturbing absence: “Rosélie sat up in the bed she had now occupied alone for the past three months, curled up in a fetal position, her face hard against the wall, terriﬁed by the void behind her back” (1–2).
He saw in the witnesses an incriminating sweat, the preconfession shifty eyes that betray murderers . . ”24 Emphasizing a capacity for exploitation focuses attention on the relational character of all forms of knowledge, forms that emerge under particular material, socio-political conditions, but whose speciﬁcity or contextual nature is not always recognized. In this respect, we could say that Solibo Magniﬁque stages a number of encounters between incommensurable sciences or modes of understanding that underscore the unequal structural relationships between various discourses and subject positions.
Si l’idée défaille . . ]? ” The quest to make sense does not end, but shifts focus as Pilon launches “an entirely personal (and harmless) inquiry about storytellers and particularly about the one who was for him their archetype” (156). Pilon’s decriminalized hermeneutics revives, at the end of the novel, the question of how various “forms of knowledge” enter into relation with one another in more or less violent ways. Pilon’s initial investment in “subjective violence,” to use Žižek’s term—a form of violence “performed by a clearly identiﬁable agent,” that involves discernible victims and perpetrators and that “is seen as a perturbation of the ‘normal,’ peaceful state of things”29— forcefully over-determines his understanding of normality and causality, unwittingly implicating him in acts of state oppression.
Hunger and Irony in the French Caribbean : Literature, Theory, and Public Life by Nicole Simek