Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


Alfred Alexandre’s novels Bord de canal (2004) and Les villes assassines (2011) are set in the poorest urban slums of Fort-de-France. In both novels, the marginal characters exemplify the paradoxes of a Martinican society shifwrecked under the flow of rampant globalization. Alexandre’s portrayal of a decadent urban humanity stands far from the Creole community codes as imagined by the novelists who have preceded him, and signifies his intention to break away from their recurring themes. My purpose, here, is to assess what is truly innovative in this newly labelled “post-Creole” writing. It seems that investing those markedly social and scriptural spaces aims at pointing the shattering of an idealized collective Creole subject, and to question the capacity of literature to articulate a “common repository” shared by all, and attuned to the contemporary Caribbean region and global realities.



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