There are many female characters with sick/mutilated bodies in Guadeloupe and Martinique’s female literature. Madness, anorexia, self-mutilation, even the suicide of these female characters not only denounce a repressive social order inherited from the history of slavery, but also represent means to affect a social environment that is not responsive to the female quest for identity. Madness, crisis or acts of self-mutilation allow them to escape (“marronnage”) a system, which tries to negate their very existence.
De Souza, Pascale
"Folie de l'écriture, écriture de la folie dans la littérature
féminine des Antilles françaises,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 63
, Article 10.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol63/iss1/10