Abstract

This essay offers a metacritical reading of the discourses surrounding Haitian author Marie Chauvet (1916–1973). I argue that paying attention to the naming (how she is described), claiming (how scholars and authors define their investment in her work), and framing (how her work is analyzed by scholars) of Chauvet reveals a dominant discourse that influences our study of the author. Taking a feminist approach to the interpretations of her work, I argue that ultimately these Chauvet narratives reveal more about anxieties surrounding gender than they do about her body of work.

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