Aimé Césaire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal [Notebook of a Return to My Native Land]

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Aimé Césaire’s 1939 publication

Cahier d’un retour au pays natal


Notebook of a Return to My Native Land

] marked a turning point in French Caribbean literature. Prior to 1930 literary works from the region were characterized by European models and tended towards exoticism. Césaire’s groundbreaking poem laid the foundations for a new literary style in which Caribbean writers came to reject the alienating gaze of the Other in favour of their own Caribbean interpretation of reality. This decisive ideological shift found expression in the political, philosophical and literary theory of


. First appearing in 1935, the journal

L’Etudiant noir


The Black Student

] provided the vehicle for the development of this revolutionary intellectual movement, featuring the work of…

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Citation: Thomas, Bonnie. "Cahier d'un retour au pays natal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2008 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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