Women voices in History to Gisèle Pineau
Keywords:women, voices, history, writing
Slavery, which lasted four centuries, traumatised French West Indians dispossessing them of their past and their collective memory. Economically and psychologically dominated, they lost their identity and were deprived of their freedom. Contemporary French West Indian women writers’ literary works constitute an ideal context for examining the questions of history of slavery. Gisèle Pineau, a Guadeloupean writer, has set herself the goal of exploring the memory of silenced women in order to rewrite and reinterpret this historical period.
The aim of this article is to understand how the author re-introduces women into the history by giving voice to their personal experiences. This is a way to reinterpret and deconstruct the long-held narrative regarding that period of slavery. This return to the past represents a necessary step to regain a collective memory. Women described in the literary works of Gisèle Pineau do not only seek to find their roots but also to understand their current life. Her work is considered as poetics of wandering in which a new vision of the world is possible from a woman’s perspective.
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