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Kitchen Narrative

Kitchen Narrative

Food and Exile in Edwidge Danticat and Gisèle Pineau

Chapter:
(p.63) 3 Kitchen Narrative
Source:
The Tropics Bite Back
Author(s):
Valérie Loichot
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679836.003.0003

Chapter Three explores questions of memory, sexuality, and eating disorders in situations of immigration and exile as depicted in the novels of Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, and Parisian-Guadeloupean author Gisèle Pineau. Food acts as a passion in the dual sense of the term: the drive to retrieve the past and the sufferance inherited from the individual and collective past of sexual, environmental, and political violence. I put Danticat and Pineau into dialogue with American “Kitchen poets” Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde, and Paule Marshall.

Keywords:   Caribbean, Culinary, Creolization, Glissant, African Diaspora, Exile, Global South, Sexuality, Cannibalism, Material culture

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