.Cultural Stdy/Comparative Lit .
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- Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
- Liberal Arts
Christian Uwe’s research focuses on questions of aesthetics, poetics and their political ramifications particularly in Sub-Saharan and Caribbean literature. His first book "Le Discours choral: essai sur l’œuvre romanesque d’Édouard Glissant", was published by Peter Lang in 2017. Taking as a central problem Glissant’s often stated idea that Caribbean societies emerged from narrative-suppressing political systems, the book studies the various semiotics through which narratives arise in Glissant’s world and links them to their poetic corollaries such as polyphony, fragmentation and the complementarity of voices. Through a semiotic analysis, the book contributes a discourse model that highlights the fundamental coherence of Glissant’s entire body of fiction. This model, called “choral discourse”, shows the importance of bodily, collective and aesthetic experience in the journey to personal and political freedom. Uwe is currently working on a second book project tentatively titled "Écrire l'Afrique contemporaine: critique des fictions de la francophonie subsaharienne et ses diasporas". Drawing on contemporary critical theory, sexuality studies, material culture studies and ecocriticism, the book examines the way contemporary Sub-Saharan literature renews questions of aesthetics, identity, politics in the era of globalization. Uwe's next project is a study of gender and sexual minorities in Sub-Saharan Fiction and Politics from the perspective of human rights and politics of culture.