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Research Article

La critique environnementale dans les récits animaliers de René Maran

Lia Milanesio    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This article aims at analysing René Maran’s five animal novels. In these texts, Maran criticizes the colonial system not only for its cruelty to the native population, but also for its ecological violence against the bush and its non-human inhabitants. In particular, this research will be focusing on the author’s ability to abandon a human (and colonial) point of view in order to adopt an animal one. On the one hand, this new subjectivity – as well as Maran’s comprehension of indigenous naturalist society – allows the writer to condemn the colonial period from an ecocritical perspective. On the other hand, it provides evidence of the existence of culture among the beasts of his novels. Finally, this article will also prove that it is thanks to their culture that Maran’s animals will try to resist the colonial-centred environment and ideology.

Keywords: Environmental Humanities. Animal Studies. Postcolonial Studies. Francophone Literature. René Maran.

Language: fr

Submitted: Aug. 12, 2020
Accepted: Sept. 25, 2020
Published: Dec. 22, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Tol/2499-5975/2020/01/027

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