Excerpt from Introduction:
"The present issue of L'Esprit Créateur attempts to explore some of the conflicts between history and memory that lie at the core of postcolonial and transnational experience on four continents, and across several overlapping cultural boundaries. It deals with modalities of narrative evocation and ellipsis, and concerns itself with the deep, incessant reshaping of personal or collective memory. Reflecting upon phenomena of memorial repression and transformation, the articles that comprise this collection evoke political events and historical confrontations repressed or reborn, individual and collective dramas incessantly reappropriated and displaced. They cover thus a wide range of issues: modalities of remembrance of the Algerian war of independence; the ever changing conceptualization of national culture and interpretation of history; the role of the dissident intellectual within the project of construction of a multicultural post-independence identity; the overarching architecture of simultaneously historical and autobiographical fiction; the repression of desire; the hybrid representation of "national" culture; the displacement of external experience to psychological interiority in Caribbean fiction; as well as the fictional reconstruction of colonial space as childhood and adolescent experiences find their way into fiction."