The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France

The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France

by Sue Peabody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822331306

ISBN-13: 9780822331308

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


France has long defined itself as a color-blind nation where racial bias has no place. Even today, the French universal curriculum for secondary students makes no mention of race or slavery, and many French scholars still resist addressing racial questions. Yet, as this groundbreaking volume shows, color and other racial markers have been major factors in French

Overview


France has long defined itself as a color-blind nation where racial bias has no place. Even today, the French universal curriculum for secondary students makes no mention of race or slavery, and many French scholars still resist addressing racial questions. Yet, as this groundbreaking volume shows, color and other racial markers have been major factors in French national life for more than three hundred years. The sixteen essays in The Color of Liberty offer a wealth of innovative research on the neglected history of race in France, ranging from the early modern period to the present.

The Color of Liberty addresses four major themes: the evolution of race as an idea in France; representations of "the other" in French literature, art, government, and trade; the international dimensions of French racial thinking, particularly in relation to colonialism; and the impact of racial differences on the shaping of the modern French city. The many permutations of race in French history—as assigned identity, consumer product icon, scientific discourse, philosophical problem, by-product of migration, or tool in empire building—here receive nuanced treatments confronting the malleability of ideas about race and the uses to which they have been put.

Contributors. Leora Auslander, Claude Blanckaert, Alice Conklin, Fred Constant, Laurent Dubois, Yaël Simpson Fletcher, Richard Fogarty, John Garrigus, Dana Hale, Thomas C. Holt, Patricia M. E. Lorcin, Dennis McEnnerney, Michael A. Osborne, Lynn Palermo, Sue Peabody, Pierre H. Boulle, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, Tyler Stovall, Michael G. Vann, Gary Wilder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822331308
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword / Fred Constant ix

Introduction: Race, France, Histories / Sue Peabody and Tyler Stovall 1

1. Race: The Evolution of an Idea

Francois Bernier and the Origins of the Modern Concept of Race / Pierre H. Boulle 11

Eliminating Race, Eliminating Difference: Blacks, Jews, and the Abbe Gregoire / Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall 28

Of Monstrous Metis? Hybridity, Fear of Miscegenation, and Patriotism from Buffon to Paul Broca / Claude Blanckaert 42

2. Representations of the Other

Race, Gender, and Virtue in Haiti’s Failed Foundational Fiction: La mulatre comme il y a peu de blanches (1803) / John Garrigus 73

Inscribing Race in the Revolutionary French Antilles / Laurent DuBois 95

Sex, Gender, and Race in the Colonial Novels of Elissa Rhais and Lucienne Favre / Patricia M. E. Lorcin 108

French Images of Race on Product Trademarks during the Third Republic / Dana S. Hale 131

Sambo in Paris: Race and Racism in the Iconography of the Everyday / Leora Auslander and Thomas C. Holt 147

3. Colonial and Global Perspectives

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Variation and Difference in French Racism in Colonial Indochine / Michael G. Vann 187

Constructions and Functions of Race in French Military Medicine, 1830–1920 / Richard Fogerty and Michael A. Osborne 206

Panafricanism and the Republican Political Sphere / Gary Wilder 237

Frantz Fanon, the Resistance, and the Emergence of Identity Politics / Dennis McEnnerney 259

4. Race and the Postcolonial City

Identity under Construction: Representing the Colonies at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889 / Lynn E. Palermo 285

Who Speaks for Africa? The Rene Maran-Blaise Diagne Trial in 1920s Paris / Alice L. Conklin 302

Catholics, Communists, and Colonial Subjects: Working-Class Militancy and Racial Difference in Postwar Marseille / Yael Simpson Fletcher 338

From Red Belt to Black Belt: Race, Class, and Urban Marginality in Twentieth-Century Paris / Tyler Stovall 351

Contributors 371

Index 377

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