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D’un Robinson l’Autre : entre Michel Tournier et Patrick Chamoiseau

Title in English From One Robinson to Another: Between Michel Tournier and Patrick Chamoiseau


Year of publication 2021
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

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Description Daniel Defoe's novel The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner (1719) has given rise to numerous robinsonnades whose narrative characteristics reproduce the chronotope and narrative scheme of an existential ordeal in the isolated situation of a desert island. The return to a "primitive", rudimentary situation, that of the presumed beginning of civilisation, is a test of human and social quality. It is through this aspect that the story lends itself to philosophical reflection, as in the case of Michel Tournier's Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique (1967) and Patrick Chamoiseau's L'Empreinte a Crusoé (2012). The comparison of the two novels attempts to identify the narrative elements that underlie two different approaches to the human: a deterministic axiological project in Tournier's work, opposed by an anti-deterministic aim in Chamoiseau's.
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