Feuding Words, Fighting Foods
This chapter links the themes of cannibals, pirates, and colonial conquest of islands to the consumption of literary texts as a commodity embedded within paradigms of domination and control. It specifically explores Comme un vol de papang' by Monique Agénor and La montagne des signaux by Marie-Thérèse Humbert, and relates these texts to questions of island specificity as base for discussion. The reading of Agénor's Comme un vol de papang' underscores the movement and dispersal of peoples within the Indian Ocean, and more precisely on the formation of the Afro-Malagasy diaspora in the Reunion Island. The reading of Humbert's La montagne des signaux explores the representation of the tourist as a power-hungry conqueror whose appetite for spectacle and illusion can only be sated by appropriation and more appropriation. Through an exploration of women writers, the chapter also highlights the gendering of the desert-island story as a male-centered text.
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