The Cook and the Writer: Maryse Condé's Journey of Self-Discovery

Title
The Cook and the Writer: Maryse Condé's Journey of Self-Discovery
Author
Bonnie Thomas
Mots-clés
Maryse Condé
Sociology & Social History
French Caribbean
Colonies and Colonization. Emigration and Immigration. International Migration
Hm401-1281
Jv1-9480
Memory
Relation
Sociology (General)
Résumé
In her 2006 memoir, Victoire, les saveurs et les mots, (translated into English as Victoire: My Mother’s Mother), celebrated Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé makes an explicit comparison between herself and her maternal grandmother Victoire. A work of literary invention as much as of personal reflection, this book represents an example of Condé’s quest to know herself as a woman and a writer. It also enables her to fill in some of the gaps left by her mother Jeanne who was always reluctant to share details of her childhood with her daughter and died when Condé was only twenty. One of the few facts Jeanne gives to her about Victoire is that she was a cook and that the results of her labour helped open the doors to greater autonomy for her daughter and, consequently, her granddaughter. This paper will examine the way in which food and cooking are linked to Condé’s journey of self-discovery as well as to the historical trajectory of the French Caribbean islands of Marie-Galante and Guadeloupe.
Année de parution
2013
Journal
PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Volume
10
Issue
2
ISBN Number
1449-2490