Joseph Zobel: La Rue Cases-Nègres [Black Shack Alley] (3753 words)

Louise Hardwick (University of Birmingham)
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La Rue Cases-Nègres (1950), translated into English as Black Shack Alley (1979), is Joseph Zobel’s seminal semi-autobiographical novel, and its publication established the Martinican author as a writer of international significance. The novel’s original 1950 print run in Paris was small, and the text faded into relative obscurity until its reissue with the leading Franco-African publishing house Présence Africaine in 1974. An award-winning film adaptation, Rue Cases-Nègres, by Euzhan Palcy (1983), brought the work to new international audiences.

Zobel’s novel eschews the dominant literary forms of the time (abstract surrealist poetry, and the essay); instead, it …

Citation: Hardwick, Louise . "La Rue Cases-Nègres". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 June 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35765, accessed 02 July 2020.]

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