Dr. Gladys M. Francis’ New Book Published
A collection of essays Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone, edited by Dr. Gladys M. Francis, Assistant Professor of World Languages & Cultures at Georgia State University, has just been published in the Collection Espaces Littéraires series of Éditions de L’Harmattan (Paris, 2016).
Repeating Islands, a news and commentary site on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts, offers this description of Dr. Francis’ book:
“In this collective, researchers, writers and artists address the taboo space that is the suffering body, its sexuality and complex constructions of identity. They candidly question the colors, shapes and movements that desire and trauma display when the individuals involved are the products of post-slavery and post-colonial history, and carry with them, on them, the stigma of the dominant-dominated relationship. These essays explore the writing of provocation, injury, and the representation of the suffering body and desire in the work of Jacqueline Beaugé-Rosier, Jocelyne Béroard, Nicole Cage-Florentiny, Maryse Condé, Gerty Dambury, Fabienne Kanor, Lénablou, Gisèle Pineau, and Simone Schwarz-Bart.
“The book also includes 22 color illustrations by Victor Anicet, Béatrice Melina, and Michel Rovelas. These renowned painters, reveal the conflicts, ills, and desires of the body—through “a cannibalization and mythologizing” of forms and colors that reflect the complex creolization that operates in the French Caribbean arena.”