Abstract: "This book is a major study of French Caribbean literature in light of the concept of postcoloniality. Postocolonial theory debates have developed in the anglophone domain, and have not as yet referred prominently to francophone literature. In this book, Jeannie Suk investigates the ways in which the literature of Martinique and Guadeloupe provides a kaleidescopic view of the paradoxes at the heart of postocoloniality. Through subtle and provocative readings of Aime Cesaire, Edouard Glissant, Maryse Conde, Baudelaire, Freud, and others, she illuminates how the development of French Caribbean literature and debates about negritude, antillanite, and creolite contribute to theories of in-betweenness and incompleteness central to postcolonial modes." --Jacket.