2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

La Recherche du Soi Dans les Romans Ségou et Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem par Maryse Condé
Catherine A. Bauer
Dr. Betty McLane-Iles, Faculty Mentor

Guadeloupian author Maryse Condá explores the search for self throughout her best-known novels Ségou and Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem. Each work offers directly contrasting contexts for this search. Ségou follows the lives, reflections, personal conversions and crises of an aristocratic African family in Mali during the late 1700s, whereas Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem portrays the life and spiritual travels of the disenfranchised Black Caribbean slave during the Salem Witch Trials. The opposing historical contexts of Black African francophonia and the displaced French Caribbean Black community of slaves traveling in and out of exile lend themselves to complex explorations of the search for self within femininity, religion, spirituality and salvation, and through both violent and peaceful submission to others by a renunciation of oneself. This paper will explore the complexity of the search for the self within the contrasting contexts of each of these two novels.

Keywords: Maryse Condé, Francophonia, Ségou, Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem

Topic(s):Ecrivains de la Francophonie: Portraits et Comment

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 41-2
Location: MG 1090
Time: 1:30

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