Social pressures in Patrick Chamoiseau’s novel, Un dimanche au cachot, can be read not only in the theme of slavery, but also as a discourse on the narrative text itself, in which the essay plays an important role, and in the author’s denial of his art and status. Chamoiseau’s intention of subversion is omnipresent through parody or renunciation of all forms of excess. The offensive concerns, on the one hand, the memory of slavery as a social and historical institution transmitting values of order, hierarchy and traumatism in the minds. It concerns the whole narrative act and the relation between author and reader, writer and public.
"Ironie et autoréflexivité dans Un dimanche au cachot de Patrick Chamoiseau,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 87
, Article 4.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol87/iss1/4