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The Libertine Colony: Creolization in the Early French Caribbean (John Hope Franklin Center Book)

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Presenting incisive original readings of French writing about the Caribbean from the inception of colonization in the 1640s until the onset of the Haitian Revolution in the 1790s, Doris Garraway sheds new light on a significant chapter in French colonial history. At the same time, she makes a pathbreaking contribution to the study of the cultural contact, creolization, and social transformation that resulted in one of the most profitable yet brutal slave societies in history. Garraway’s readings highlight how French colonial writers characterized the Caribbean as a space of spiritual, social, and moral depravity. While tracing this critique in colonial accounts of Island Carib cultures, piracy, spirit beliefs, slavery, miscegenation, and incest, Garraway develops a theory of “the libertine colony.” She argues that desire and sexuality were fundamental to practices of domination, laws of exclusion, and constructions of race in the slave societies of the colonial French Caribbean.

Among the texts Garraway analyzes are missionary histories by Jean-Baptiste Du Tertre, Raymond Breton, and Jean-Baptiste Labat; narratives of adventure and transgression written by pirates and others outside the official civil and religious power structures; travel accounts; treatises on slavery and colonial administration in Saint-Domingue; the first colonial novel written in French; and the earliest linguistic description of the native Carib language. Garraway also analyzes legislation—including the Code noir—that codified slavery and other racialized power relations. The Libertine Colony is both a rich cultural history of creolization as revealed in Francophone colonial literature and an important contribution to theoretical arguments about how literary critics and historians should approach colonial discourse and cultural representations of slave societies.

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Explores the founding discourses of race, hybridity, savagery, and degenercy in the seventeenth and eighteenth century French Caribbean, in particular the way many of these discourses were used to describe French settlers.

About the Author

Doris Garraway is Assistant Professor of French at Northwestern University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822334538
Author:
Garraway, Doris Lorraine
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Garraway, Doris
Author:
Garraway
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
West Indian literature (French) -
Subject:
Slavery -- West Indies, French -- History.
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
John Hope Franklin Center Book
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 bandw photos
Pages:
408

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History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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