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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Learning : A Way of Acting and Building up an Identity: The Cases of Tahiti and New Caledonia through Merging Literature

Asst Prof. Sonia Faessel.

The indigenous people of Tahiti and New Caledonia have been submitted to the European appreciations during the colonisation. Nobel Savage or cannibals, they didn't know who they were.
The works of Pastor Leenhardt in New Caledonia, as well as the initiative of Ben Finney, a researcher in the Hawai'i University brought up the consciousness of their original culture to the indigenous people of these two countries.
Now they are beginning to write and this paper will show how the social imaginary is at work through some selected examples of this new Literature, called Emerging Literature


Asst Prof. Sonia Faessel  (New Caledonia)
Department of Language and Literature
University of New Caledonia

  • Cultural revival
  • Social imaginary
  • Identity
  • World fiction
Person as Subject
  • Pastor Leenhardt Ben Finney Chevalier Louis-antoine Bougainville Jules Garnier Chantal Spitz Dewe Gorode Nicolas Kurtovitch Pierre Gope

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)