Project Advisor(s)

Dr. Chadia Chambers-Samadi

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

French and Francophone Language and Literature

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Haitian-Canadian-American author Dany Laferrière breaks the bonds of literary terms of categorization. In North America, French-language literature has a history of isolation and suppression, but the literature from Dany Laferrière pushes past boundaries placed by those who seek to categorize him. Laferrière, who identifies as “American” and wants to be seen as nothing else, seeks to embody an American identity in context of all of North America. But is there a sense of unity throughout North America despite borders, whether they are of countries our linguistic? Additionally, his election to the French Academy merits some questions worth addressing, considering a history of disinterest and even condescending attitudes toward the Haitian community.

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The Literary Movement of Dany Laferrière; Francophone Literary History and the Future of French Literature- Brady Welvaert

Haitian-Canadian-American author Dany Laferrière breaks the bonds of literary terms of categorization. In North America, French-language literature has a history of isolation and suppression, but the literature from Dany Laferrière pushes past boundaries placed by those who seek to categorize him. Laferrière, who identifies as “American” and wants to be seen as nothing else, seeks to embody an American identity in context of all of North America. But is there a sense of unity throughout North America despite borders, whether they are of countries our linguistic? Additionally, his election to the French Academy merits some questions worth addressing, considering a history of disinterest and even condescending attitudes toward the Haitian community.