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Kitchen Narrative

Kitchen Narrative

Food and Exile in Edwidge Danticat and Gisèle Pineau

(p.63) 3 Kitchen Narrative
The Tropics Bite Back
Valérie Loichot
University of Minnesota Press

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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