The value of the “damier”, a traditional dance from Martinique, is significant because it evokes cohesion, order and balance and symbolizes distinctive attributes from Martinique’s society at large. Martinique enters in a new era which characteristics are defined by regional development. This development is a break between the past and the present or with population’s intelligible referents and landmarks, and is represented between tradition and modernity, as a transformation led by urbanization. Traditions become shaky and in the novel, the city is unable to take on those rural values, symbolized by the “damier”.
"Damner le damier ou rédimer la danse de la terre dans Le meurtre du samedi gloria de Raphaël Confiant,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 73
, Article 12.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol73/iss1/12