La Dissidence in Gisèle Pineau's œuvre

Antonia Wimbush

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Gisèle Pineau is one of Guadeloupe's most versatile contemporary women authors. Writing in an array of genres - (auto)biographies, short stories, and novels - she narrates the story of the Dissidents [Dissidents], the young black Antilleans who left the islands in dangerous circumstances to fight for de Gaulle's troops from 1940 to 1943. Remarkably, this aspect remains uncommented on in the extensive scholarship on her œuvre. This article explores Pineau's literary representation of the Dissidence in 'Paroles de terre en larmes' ['Words from the Weeping Earth'] (1988), La Grande Drive des esprits (1993) [The Drifting of Spirits (1999)], L'Exil selon Julia (1996) [Exile according to Julia (2003)], and Mes quatre femmes ['My Four Women'] (2007). The article argues that Pineau's particularly gendered narratives have been crucial in calling for oficial commemorations of the sacrifices made by Antillean women who fought in the Second World War and those who were left behind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-178
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Romance Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Antilles
  • Commemoration
  • Gender
  • Gisèle Pineau
  • Memory
  • Second World War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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