Paperback / softback
January 1, 1995
9780873527804
English
47
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
.25 Pounds (US)
$11.00 USD, £8.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Ourika, critical edition

An English Translation

John Fowles presents a remarkable translation of a nineteenth-century work that provided the seed for his acclaimed novel The French Lieutenant's Woman and that will astonish and haunt modern readers.
Based on a true story, Claire de Duras's Ourika relates the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the time of the French Revolution. Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of her difference until she overhears a conversation that suddenly makes her conscious of her race—and of the prejudice it arouses. From this point on, Ourika lives her life not as a French woman but as a black woman who feels "cut off from the entire human race." As the Reign of Terror threatens her and her adoptive family, Ourika struggles with her unusual position as an educated African woman in eighteenth-century Europe.

A best-seller in the 1820s, Ourika captured the attention of Duras's peers, including Stendhal, and became the subject of four contemporary plays. The work represents a number of firsts: the first novel set in Europe to have a black heroine; the first French literary work narrated by a black female protagonist; and, as Fowles points out in the foreword to his translation, "the first serious attempt by a white novelist to enter a black mind."

About the Authors

John Fowles first published his translation of Ourika in a private edition in 1977. His many works of fiction include The Collector, The Ebony Tower, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Daniel Martin, and A Maggot.
Modern Language Association
MLA Texts and Translations
critical edition

9780873527804 : ourika-duras-fowles
Paperback / softback
47 Pages
$11.00 USD

Other Titles by Claire de Duras

Ourika, critical edition

Claire de Duras, edited by Joan DeJean, Margaret Waller
Jan 1995 - Modern Language Association
$11.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from MLA Texts and Translations

Giambatista Viko; or, The Rape of African Discourse, critical edition

Georges Ngal, edited by David Damrosch, translated by David Damrosch
Mar 2022 - Modern Language Association
$23.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Giambatista Viko; ou, Le viol du discours africain, critical edition

Georges Ngal, edited by David Damrosch
Mar 2022 - Modern Language Association
$23.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Life and Deeds of the Famous Gentleman Don Catrín de la Fachenda, critical edition

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, edited by John A. Ochoa, translated by Bonnie Loder
Nov 2021 - Modern Language Association
$18.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in FICTION / Literary

One Poor Scruple

Josephine Ward, introduction by Julia Meszaros, Bonnie Lander Johnson
Feb 2023 - The Catholic University of America Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney

Adam Braver
Nov 2022 - University of New Orleans Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The End of the House of Alard

Sheila Kaye-Smith
Aug 2022 - The Catholic University of America Press
$22.95 USD - Paperback / softback