French author Claire de Duras’s novel Ourika (), originally published anonymously, centers around the true story of a woman who was purchased as a . Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 3 by duchesse de Claire de Durfort Duras. Ourika by duchesse de Claire de Durfort Duras. No cover. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Ourika, by Claire Duras This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere in the United States and most other parts of the world at .

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Ourika by Claire de Duras

Feb duraa, Kevin Orr rated it really liked it. With its harsh criticisms of political fervor generated by the French Revolution vuras well as social behaviors–namely, French upper-class elitism–this was a risky novel for its time.

Lastly, Ourika is the only French novel I have read so far that testifies to the Christian faith. After the nun finishes her story, the doctor continues to visit, but her remedies prove vain when Ourika dies at the end of October.

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This drives her into depression, or “melancholy,” that is so deep that she almost dies. Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of her difference until she overhears a conversation that makes her suddenly conscious of her race – and of the prejudice it arouses.

Want to Read saving…. Still, it was pleasant to tackle this and I have a lot of respect for Duras for writing and publishing such a novel at the time she did.

Powers Ourika in an Honors College: Loosely based on a true story, Ourika is the tale of an African girl who, rather than be sent to the Americas to be a slave, is adopted by a Frenchman and raised in a wealthy household in the days before the French Revolution.

In holding with these subjects, tragedy is a common theme. Young Ourika falls in oourika with her patroness’s son, but Charles marries a sixteen-year-old girl of noble family: Yet, beside this all to common fact of life, this novel is also telling a far more uplifting story, one that debunks some deeply ingrained stereotypes that have nurtured social ordinance. Minus two forewords, which I recommend reading afterit clocks in at just ouriks pages.


To imagine that Ourika is a simply a tale about a woman who is distraught over a man is to severely misread the richness of this novel, which offers a complex regard of race, blackness, womanhood, identity, and intercultural acceptance. As Ourika is short, I set aside some time one Saturday to go to the library and read it.

A best-seller in the s, Ourika captured the attention of Duras’s peers, including Stendhal, and became the subject of four contemporary plays. Jan 09, Sveta rated it it was amazing. This forty seven page story is b Ourika, first published by Claire de Duras in France inis a noteworthy short story that discusses that place of Africans in French society during the early 19th century.

She is a good tempered and gifted individual and she wants her to look her best, to behave like a genuine aristocrat and to assume her African origins. A strong portrayal of the nature of the French duraz with its said and unsaid rules, Ourika examines what is really a “natural” order, and what is an order that we as a society have constructed and deem “normal”.

Ourika lived in France as a loyal servant to Mme de B and remained by her side as they watched France crumble around them. She passed away five years after writing Ourika, and only wrote one other circulated novel.

Short but not sweet, Ourika is named for its protagonist. She only did so to prevent any possible plagiarism [ vuras needed ]as durs recounted the story—with much acclaim—to those attending her salon in post- Revolutionary Paris.

Apparently, Mme de Duras not to be confused with Marguerite was k Hm. One of the books mentioned? It was good, but rich, and extremely loaded. All in all, “Ourika” is a very short read but carries a very powerful story. Ourika is then struck by the realization of her skin color, and undergoes a psychological reaction akin to Frantz Fanon ‘s account of racial awareness in Peau Noire, Masques Blancs Black Skin, White Maskswhich has been termed “racial melancholia”, “whereby racial identification becomes a site of ongoing trauma that is supported by loss and compensation.


She has literally no prospects, and no future.

Ourika by duchesse de Claire de Durfort Duras

She had been purchased in Saint Louis by the Chevalier de Boufflers, then Governor of Senegal, and presented as a gift to Mme de Beauvau who brought her up in Paris just like her own daughter. Jan 22, Lauren rated it really liked it. I can do betterI thought this book was great.

Their explicit dist An interesting historical context lead me to this read. The book never arrived. What a fantastic book. Paperback47 pages. So I broke my own rule about only buying books from mortar-and-brick bookstores and ordered it online once I found an online retailer that had the book available.

Maybe it’s just the translation I read. I was told I was an angel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I was told that I was an angel. Why was I condemned to exist? The young woman presents well the sentiments of immigrants and a sense of The first known novel to talk about life from the perspective of a negro woman, “Ourika” explores the French society through its most tumultuous times: She maintained a famous literary salon in post-Revolutionary Paris and was the close friend of Chateaubriandwho she had met while in exile in Londonand who helped her to publish her books.

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The forewords I mention are interesting in that they date fromjust before the technology revolution enabled the warp speed of social change as well. That one simple phrase threw me into a sympathetic state of ouruka for our self-deprecating character.

Durad holding with these subjects, tragedy is a common theme. She maintained a famous literary salon in post-Revolutionary Paris and was the close friend of Chateaubriand, who she had met while in exile in London, and who helped her to publish her books. Duke University Press, ,