Claire de Duras (3892 words)

Within current scholarship, Claire de Duras (1777–1828) is best known for her novella Ourika (1823), which is considered to be the first narrative written from the perspective of a black woman. The innovative nature of this work, which was rediscovered in the 1970s as the fields of feminist and post-colonial studies were emerging, has attracted much scholarly attention. With her other finished fictional works, Édouard (1825) and Olivier ou le Secret (written 1821; published in 1971), Duras is acquiring increasing significance as a writer concerned with self-determination and otherness. The appearance of two unfinished emigration memoirs – Mémoires de Sophie and Amélie et Pauline – in 2011, …

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Allan, Stacie. "Claire de Duras". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2016
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12920, accessed 28 June 2017.]

Articles on Duras' works

  1. Edouard
  2. Olivier
  3. Ourika

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