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Langue(s), identité(s), folie(s) dans Les gens 2 la folie de Philippe Neuffer
Le français dans le miroir des langues
Vol. XIV/2013/1-2, pp. 295-302
Keywords: Oceania; French Polynesia; contemporary literature; identity; Philippe Neuffer
The cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of Oceania and French Polynesia offers a platform of constant psycho-philosophical renegotiation. The fluid, hybridized and highly stratified forms of identity have to be comprehended in an approach that enables the conceptualization of cultural, archipelagic plurality. The linguistic multiplicity of Polynesia, the diverse paradigms of insularity, the colonial history, the philosophical and historical complexities outline the silhouettes of a region of permanent interconnection, dialogue and exchange. The short stories of Philippe Neuffer constitute a corpus in which the presence of heritage, musical and textual polyphony and immanent self-reflection open a field where identity and alterity are analyzed in the dimension of insanity andmultilingualism. These paradigms prove to be able to deconstitute the hegemony of the French language and to renew the monolithical interpretations.