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Ourika: An English Translation Summary & Study Guide

In the Introduction to Ourika, a young Parisian doctor tends a young, sick black nun in the convent at Faubourg Saint Jacques, who suffers from a prolonged melancholia.

Duras’ story-within-a-story is well-written and poignant, and her character’s experience in the Reign of Terror provides an interesting thought experiment.

In France, slavery was not abolished until She was displeased curas Mme. Though its theme of race, society, purika unrequited love is interesting, and it stands as one of the earliest abolitionist pieces where a “white person tried to present a black person’s thoughts”, the extremely short story itself has not much else to recommend. Aug 13, Rachel Coyne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ourika is an novel by Claire de Durasoriginally published anonymously. Eventually, she chose to become a nun because it was the only alternative she believed would not remove her from the rest of the world.

Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of durae difference until she overhears a conversation that makes her suddenly conscious of her race – and of the prejudice it arous Based on a true story, Ourika dkras the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the French Revolution. No one can gauge how much another has suffered. Read it in one sitting, 4. Jan 22, Lauren rated it really liked it.


It is likely she has not been well read because her choice and treatment of subject could not orika appreciated until recently; she was ahead of her time. Apparently, Mme de Duras not to be confused with Marguerite was known for the salons she held in Paris.

Ourika: An English Translation Summary & Study Guide

Is race a social rather than biological construct? Their explicit dist An interesting historical context lead me to this read.

But it was written around and set during the French Revolution. Modern Language Association of America, About Claire de Duras.

Madame de DURAS – Ourika

Interesting treatments of the French revolution background but significantwomen’s positions in aristocratic society and a unique version of double or triple consciousness. Read more from the Study Guide. Albrecht Neubert, Gregory M. Want to Read saving….

She explored many fundamental principles of the French Revolutionand touched upon the intellectual debates of the Age of Enlightenmentparticularly the equality of all men—and women. The most well-known of these is Claire de Duras ‘s novel of the same name. In an interesting and even riskier twist particularly due to the French Revolution’s fervent and obsessive desire to destroy anything resembling a higher power Ourika finally finds peace in belief in a universal, divine God.


OurikaEdouard and Olivier. For perhaps the first time in literary history, author Claire de Duras writes about the life of a black heroine surrounded on all sides by whites. I say “limited respect” because white French peopl This brief, bittersweet novel was a courageous pheonmenon in France in the s.

She has literally no prospects, and no future. You confide in people -then they tell you it was your own fault. This was assigned reading in high school, and I happened across it again in a bookstore. Was intrigued by the story and its length – at 75 pages, I thought that maybe it would be a nice, simple, tightly-written story.

Meanwhile the Romantic hero rejects society and challenges it. Despite being a short story, Ourika speaks volumes of the rights of blacks and to a certain extent women in revolutionary France. Despite not being the best of literature, I enjoyed Mme de Duras story from a historical standpoint, and am glad that I included it in my women’s history month lineup. Do identity politics, starting with pointing out differences, help or harm?

Finally, finally, I successfully purchased a copy of Ourika. The novel opens from the point of view of a doctor, who has been called to treat a dying young nun in a convent. Lastly, Ourika is the only French novel I have read so far that dduras to the Christian faith.