Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Global Studies

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Meaghan Emery

Second Advisor

Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier

Third Advisor

Marilyn Lucas


Indian Ocean, Nationalism, Coral, Coolitude, Globalization, Cultural Globalization


This thesis explores the making of Creole identity and how it manifests itself in the poetry of La Réunion and Mauritius, specifically focusing on poets Marimoutou and Torabully respectively. There is now a movement that is working to reclaim the Creole culture as something to be celebrated and used as a model of how cultures should engage with diversity in race and ideas. It will research in what ways Marimoutou and Torabully articulate Réunionnais’ and Mauritians’ identity with regard to the diversity resulting from the colonial heritage of these two islands. This thesis will answer the question: How do language and the history of colonialism influence the Creole identity as conceived of by Marimoutou and Torabully?

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