The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade

The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade

by Christopher L. Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341514

ISBN-13: 9780822341512

Pub. Date: 01/11/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The French Slave Trade Forced More than one million Africans across the Atlantic to the islands of the Caribbean. It enabled France to establish Saint-Domingue, the single richest colony on earth, and it connected France, Africa, and the Caribbean permanently. Yet the impact of the slave trade on the cultures of France and its colonies has received surprisingly little…  See more details below

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The French Slave Trade Forced More than one million Africans across the Atlantic to the islands of the Caribbean. It enabled France to establish Saint-Domingue, the single richest colony on earth, and it connected France, Africa, and the Caribbean permanently. Yet the impact of the slave trade on the cultures of France and its colonies has received surprisingly little attention. Until recently, France had not publicly acknowledged its history as a major slave-trading power. The distinguished scholar Christopher L. Miller proposes a thorough assessment of the French slave trade and its cultural ramifications, in a broad, circum-Atlantic inquiry. This magisterial work is the first comprehensive examination of the French Atlantic slave trade and its consequences as represented in the history, literature, and film of France and its former colonies in Africa and the Caribbean.

About the Author:
Christopher L. Miller is Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341512
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/11/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Abbreviations     xv
The French Atlantic
Introduction     3
Around the Triangle     40
The Slave Trade in the Enlightenment     62
The Veeritions of History     83
French Women Writers: Revolution, Abolitionist Translation, Sentiment (1783-1823)
Gendering Abolitionism     99
Olympe de Gouges, "Earwitness to the Ills of America"     109
Madame de Stael, Mirza, and Pauline: Atlantic Memories     141
Duras and Her Ourika, "The Ultimate House Slave"     158
Conclusion to Part Two     174
French Male Writers: Restoration, Abolition, Entertainment
Tamango around the Atlantic: Concatenations of Revolt     179
Forget Haiti: Baron Roger and the New Africa     246
Homosociality, Reckoning, and Recognition in Eugene Sue's Atar-Gull     274
Edouard Corbiere, "Mating," and Maritime Adventure     300
The Triangle From "Below"
Cesaire, Glissant, Conde: Reimagining the Atlantic     325
African "Silence"     364
Conclusion: Reckoning, Reparation, and the Value of Fictions     385
Notes     391
Selected Bibliography     527
Index     547

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