Maryse Condé (3896 words)

Laurence M. Porter (Michigan State University)
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Maryse Condé (née Boucoulon) is the most important and prolific Caribbean woman writer today. Best-known for her novels, she has also written influential plays, essays on the culture of the Black Diaspora, and children’s literature. Her lectures and interviews have made her widely known. Although she depicts women’s sexual desire openly, she does not consider herself a “woman writer” or a feminist, but primarily an “indépendantiste” who advocates political autonomy for the French Caribbean islands, without hope of seeing this goal accomplished during her lifetime. Her protagonists tend to be ordinary people or anti-heroes. Highly independent in her political thinking, Condé demystifies hopes of creating a generic Black …

Citation: Porter, Laurence M.. "Maryse Condé". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2011 [, accessed 28 October 2021.]

5580 Maryse Condé 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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