ISSN: 13682679
First published in 1998
4 issues per volume
Volume 13 Issue 3 & 4
Cover Date: February 2011
Introduction: Mauritius in/and global culture: politics, literature, visual arts
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Authors:  Françoise Lionnet And  Thomas C. Spear 
DOI: 10.1386/ijfs.13.3-4.371/2

Keywords
globalized marketplace,migration,postcolonial visual culture,creolization,cosmopolitics,Mauritius,

Abstract

Independent since 1968, Mauritius is often cited as a unique example of peaceful and proud multiculturalism and multilingualism. Political scientists, sociologists and cultural critics have stressed the nation's enviable diversity and its cosmopolitan Creole culture. A British Crown colony between 1810 and 1968, Mauritius is part of the Commonwealth but remains strangely invisible in Anglophone postcolonial discourse. Even the 2004 Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies, which opens with a useful and detailed chronology of the relevant political, historical and literary events that took place between 1898 and 2003, makes no mention of this island-nation when listing the dates of independence for countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. This collection of essays on contemporary Mauritius, its artists and writers seeks to establish an interdisciplinary critical conversation about historical and current dynamics, globalization and its gendered inequalities, visual and literary culture, creolization and cosmopolitanism. The volume brings to a bilingual public a small sample of the vitality of Mauritian artists active in many media.
Pays indpendant depuis 1968, l'le Maurice est fire de son multiculturalisme doubl de multilinguisme. Elle est souvent donne en exemple comme lieu unique de coexistence pacifique. Politologues comme sociologues ou critiques littraires et culturels ont soulign sa diversit et son cosmopolitanisme. Mais bien qu'ayant t colonie britannique entre 1810 et 1968 et donc toujours membre du Commonwealth aujourd'hui, elle demeure trangement invisible dans la critique postcoloniale anglophone. Mme le Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies de 2004 ne fait aucune mention de ce pays dans sa liste des indpendances africaines, asiatiques, caribennes et indianocanes. Ce recueil d'articles critiques a pour but d'entamer un dialogue interdisciplinaire autour des rapports historiques et contemporains qui sous-tendent l're actuelle de la mondialisation avec ses ingalits conomiques et sexues, sa culture artistique et littraire, ses procds de crolisation et ses formes de cosmopolitique. Est offert ici un petit chantillon bilingue de la vitalit artistique des crateurs mauriciens qui excellent aujourd'hui dans de nombreux genres.
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