The Ship Inside A Tempest: The Post-Colonialist Arguments of Aimé Césaire and Michèle Césaire.

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Dr. Anne Larsen, Hope College

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As the process of decolonization continued after WWII, the future of the old French colonies was unknown. In his plays and poetry, the Martiniquais writer Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) constantly criticizes this process of decolonization making him one of the most influential post-colonialist voices in the francophone world. In his play, A Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Adaptation for a Black Theatre (1969), Césaire utilizes his main characters to represent allegorically the treatment, perception, and inequality that resulted from colonization. Twenty-three years later his daughter, Michèle Césaire, develops these same arguments in her play The Ship (1992). In contrast to her father, Michèle Césaire provides a more current condition of Martinique and offers her perception of the reasons why even decades after decolonization Martinique has not reached economic stability. This research endeavors to explain the correlation between both plays and the different means that father and daughter utilize to critique the effects of colonization.

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