Article ID: CBB931894393

Unruly Landscapes of a Diasporic Return. Mobility and Memory in Michèle Rakotoson's Juillet au pays: Chroniques d'un retour à Madagascar (2007) (2022)


Anna-Leena Toivanen (Author)

Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 70-83
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Juillet au pays: Chroniques d'un retour à Madagascar (“July in the Country: Chronicles of a Return to Madagascar,” 2007) narrates the “homecoming” of the diasporic author Michèle Rakotoson after several years of absence. Applying a literary mobility studies perspective and contributing to the dialogue between mobilities research and postcolonial literary studies, this article analyzes how Rakotoson's return travelogue constructs Madagascan landscapes through the interplay of mobility and memory. The article focuses on the text's representations of mobility practices and how different means of transport affect the returnee's impressions of the “homely” landscapes and her own positioning with respect to them. While different mobility practices and modes of transport and their intertwinement with personal/collective memories allow for diverse perspectives on the former home, the landscapes of return remain unruly: they are mobile not only because observed while in movement, but also because their present meanings escape from the returnee.

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Article Margherita Cisani; Laura Lo Presti; Lynne Pearce; Giada Peterle; Chiara Rabbiosi (2022) Introduction - Unruly Landscapes: Mobility, Transience, and Transformation. Transfers (pp. 3-8). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Clarsena, Georgine
Mackintosh, Will B.
van Wyhe, John
Andreas Nyblom
Tina Montenegro
Katie Maher
Palgrave Macmillan
New York University
Duke University Press
National University of Singapore Press
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Science and technology studies (STS)
Travel writing
Heidegger, Martin
Pfeiffer, Ida Laura
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
United States

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