The project of this thesis is to demonstrate how Boukman’s blends Marxist literary theory with a Caribbean aesthetics. The work also seeks to show that the artist’s devices and practices advance a Caribbean worldview and a Caribbean programme of combating colonialism. Finally, it seeks to demonstrate that Boukman "writes back" to Europe through parody, inversion and reversal.
The thesis analyses three dramatic works by Daniel Boukman - Les négriers (1978) ; Ventres pleins, ventres creux (1971) and Chants pour hâter le temps de la mort des Orphée, 1968 - against the background of both Marxist and Caribbean literary theory. It does not avoid the political issues at work in Boukman’s work, but seeks to offer a sound analysis of the plays and their impact through the theoretical framework established for the research. (...)
Jason D. Allen
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