Ina Césaire (2590 words)


Ina Césaire’s work is based on ethnographic observation in Martinique (an overseas French department in the Caribbean), and aims to conserve collective memory and local culture. Her writing has taken various forms: dialogue, fictional conversations, dramatic writing, and Creole folktales translated into French. Formally, it falls into three genres: essays, plays, narrative fiction. The creative work is largely grounded in memory preservation for her island, presenting oral traditions, imagining humble people’s roles in contemporary times or distant periods, and at times creating her own vision of historical figures such as Lafcadio Hearn or Toussaint Louverture. She has compiled ethnographic materials, traditional …

Citation: Makward, Christiane. "Ina Césaire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2017 [, accessed 01 December 2022.]

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