Bénédicte Ledent

RESEARCH FIELD: Anglophone Caribbean literatures

Bénédicte Ledent is Lecturer at the University of Liège where she teaches courses in English language, Varieties of English in the Commonwealth and Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Her current research interests focus on contemporary Caribbean fiction and socio-linguistics. She is the author of several articles on Caribbean novelists (Caryl Phillips, Fred D'Aguiar, Michelle Cliff, Robert Antoni, a.o.) and of Caryl Phillips, a monograph published by Manchester University Press.

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  • Caryl Phillips, "Contemporary World Writers" series (Manchester: MUP, 2002).


  • "Between Conflicting Worlds: Females Exiles in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark and Joan Riley's The Unbelonging," in Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English, G. Davis and H. Maes-Jelinek (eds) (Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1990), pp. 499-510.
  • "L'Afrique du Sud hier et aujourd'hui: le contexte socioculturel," Commonwealth, Numéro spécial SP2, septembre 1990, Université de Bourgogne, 5-12.
  • "Voyages into Otherness: Cambridge and Lucy," Kunapipi, 14.2, 1992, 53-63.
  • "Caryl Phillips," in Post-War Literatures in English, (Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff), Volume 19, March 1993. Updated version Volume 33, September 1996.
  • "New World Nomadism: Exile and the Caribbean 'Architecture of Cultures,'" in Rediscoveries of America: The Meeting of Cultures, Johan Callens (ed.) (Bruxelles: VUB Press, 1993), pp. 129-53.
  • "'Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories': Cross-Culturality in Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River," Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 30.1 (1995), pp. 55-62.
  • "Is Counter-Discursive Criticism Obsolescent? Intertextuality in Caryl Phillips's Higher Ground," in A Talent(ed) Digger: Creations, Cameos, and Essays in Honour of Anna Rutherford, Hena Maes-Jelinek, Gordon Collier and Geoffrey Davis (eds.) (Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996), pp. 301-08.
  • "Remembering Slavery: History as Roots in the Fiction of Caryl Phillips and Fred D'Aguiar," in The Contact and the Culmination: Essays in Honour of Hena Maes-Jelinek, Marc Delrez and Bénédicte Ledent (eds.) (Liège: L3, 1997), pp. 271-80.
  • "From a New-World Poetics to a New World-Vision: African America in the Work of Edouard Glissant and Caryl Phillips," Commonwealth, 21.2 (Spring 1999), pp. 29-36.
  • "'Here, There and Everywhere': Michelle Cliff's (con)Versions of Caribbean Identity," Writing Women Across Borders and Categories, Marina Ghosh-Schellhorn (ed.) (Münster: LIT, 2000), pp. 76-90. A version of this article was also published under the title "'Aquí, allá y en todas partes': La (con)version de la Identidad Caribeña por Michelle Cliff," Anales del Caribe 16/18 (1996-1998), pp. 297-306.
  • "Du cauchemar à l'utopie réalisable: Londres dans les nouvelles et romans de la diaspora antillaise anglophone," in La ville plurielle dans la fiction antillaise anglophone: Images de l'interculturel, Eric Tabuteau and Corinne Duboin (eds) (Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2000), pp. 207-221.
  • "'Crossing a River of Shattered Lives': Caryl Phillips's Diasporic Fiction/Vision," The Literary Criterion, 35.1&2 (2000), 157-169. Also published in The Vitality of West Indian Literature: Caribbean and Indian Essays, Cynthia Hyacinth Wyatt (ed.) (Mysore: Dhvanyaloka, 2000), pp. 157-169.
  • "Ambiguous Visions of Home: the Paradoxes of Diasporic Belonging in Caryl Phillips's The Atlantic Sound," EnterText, 1.1 (Winter 2000), pp. 198-211, http://www.brunel.ac.uk/faculty/arts/EnterText/Ledent.pdf
  • With Hena Maes-Jelinek: "The Caribbean Novel from 1970 to 1995," in A History of Literatures in the Caribbean (Volume 2: English and Dutch-speaking regions), James Arnold (ed.) (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2001), pp. 149-198.
  • "Michelle Cliff," Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, John C. Hawley (ed.) (Westport: Greenwood, 2001), pp. 101-102.
  • "Caryl Phillips," Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, John C. Hawley (ed.) (Westport: Greenwood, 2001), pp. 356-357.
  • "A Fictional and Cultural Labyrinth: Caryl Phillips's The Nature of Blood," ARIEL, January 2001, pp. 185-195.
  • "The 'Aesthetics of Personalism' in Caryl Phillips's Writing: Complexity as a New Brand of Humanism", World Literature Written in English, 39.1 (2001), pp. 75-85
  • "'One is Exiled when one refuses to obey the commandments of Conquest Mission': Religion as Metaphor in Caryl Phillips's Diasporic Philosophy," Missions of Interdependence, Gerhard Stilz (ed.) (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2002), pp. 121-130.
  • "Creolization in Robert Antoni's Blessed is the Fruit: A Linguistic Analysis," A Pepper-Pot of Cultures: Aspects of Creolization in the Caribbean, edited by Gordon Collier & Ulrich Fleischmann (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2003), pp. 433-441.
  • "A New Wor(l)d Order: Language in the Fiction of the New Caribbean Diaspora", Revista Alicanta de Estudios Ingleses, 16 (2003), pp. 191-200.
  • Review of Dwelling Places: Postwar Black British Writing, by James Proctor, Moving Worlds, 3.2 (2003), pp. 138-139.
  • 'Caryl Phillips', Engelstalige Literatuur na 1945- Deel 1: Proza, De Britse Eilanden, edited by Elke D'Hoker & Ortwin De Graef (Leuven: Peeters, 2004), pp. 179-193.
  • "The Same yet Different: Caryl Phillips's Screen Adaptation of V.S. Naipaul's The Mystic Masseur", V.S. Naipaul: A World in Tension / Une oeuvre sous tension, edited by Judith Misrahi-barak (Montpellier: Université de Montpellier III, Coll. "Les Carnets du Cerpac, n° 1, 2004), pp. 155-169.
  • “‘Of, and not of, this Place’: Attachment and Detachment in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore,” Kunapipi, 26.1 (2004), pp. 152-160.
  • “Slavery Revisited Through Vocal Kaleidoscopes: Polyphony in Novels by Fred D’Aguiar and Caryl Phillips”, Revisiting Slave Narratives/Les Avatars contemporains des récits d’esclaves, texts collected by/textes réunis par Judith Misrahi-Barak (Montpellier: Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, Coll. “Les Carnets du Cerpac”, n°2, 2005), pp. 281-293.
  • Review of The Swarming Streets: Twentieth-Century Literary Representations of London, ed. by Lawrence Phillips, and of Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis, by John McLeod, EJES, 9.3 (December 2005), pp. 327-329.
  • “Caryl Phillips”, The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas, ed. by Colin Palmer et al. (Detroit: Macmillan USA, 2006), pp. 1773-1774.
  • “Caryl Phillips: A Master of Ambiguity”, a slightly modified version of the article “Caryl Phillips”, Engelstalige literatuur na 1945 – Deel 1: Proza, De Britse Eilanden, ed. by Elke D’Hoker et Ortwin de Graef (Leuven: Peeters, 2004), pp. 179-193. Available online at http://www.ulg.ac.be/facphl/uer/d-german/L3/bledent_cphillips.pdf
  • “Caryl Phillips’s Drama: A Blueprint for a New Britishness?”, Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian Theatre Practice, ed. by Geoffrey V. Davis and Anne Fuchs (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2006).


  • With Marc Delrez, The Contact and the Culmination: Essays in Honour of Hena Maes-Jelinek (Liège: L3, 1997).
  • On-line bibliography of Caryl Phillips, http://www.ulg.ac.be/facphl/uer/d-german/L3/cppres.html
  • With Hena Maes-Jelinek, Theatre of the Arts: Wilson Harris and the Caribbean (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2002).
  • With Paula Burnett et al., The Emlit Project: European Minority Literatures in Translation (London: Brunel University Press, 2003).
  • Bridges Across Chasms: Towards a Transcultural Future in Caribbean Literature (Liège: L3 – Liège Language and Literature, 2004).
  • With Geoffrey V. Davis, Marc Delrez and Peter H. Marsden, Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World; ASNEL Papers 9.1 (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2004).
  • With Geoffrey V. Davis, Marc Delrez and Peter H. Marsden, Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World; ASNEL Papers 9.2 (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2005).