Free And French In The Caribbean: Toussaint Louverture, Aimé Césaire, And Narratives Of Loyal…

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byJohn Patrick Walsh

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In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Patrick Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Martinique and other French colonies in 1946. Walsh emphasizes the connections between these events and the distinct legacies of emancipation in the narratives of revolution and nationhood passed on to successive generations. By reexamining Louverture and Césaire in light of their multilayered narratives, the book offers a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary phenomenon of "free and French" in the Caribbean.

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In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Patrick Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Mart...

John Patrick Walsh is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:April 12, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253006309

ISBN - 13:9780253006301

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Toussaint Louverture
1. Toussaint Louverture and the Family of Saint-Domingue
2. Under the Stick of Maître Toussaint
3. "Free and French": La Constitution de la colonie française de Saint-Domingue
4. Toussaint at a Crossroads: The Mémoire of the "First Soldier of the Republic of Saint Domingue"
II. Aimé Césaire
5. Césaire Reads Toussaint: The Haitian Revolution and the Problem of Departmentalization
6. Haitian Building: La Tragédie du Roi Christophe
Conclusion: Artisans of Free and French
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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"Walsh... has opened a fascinating and fruitful line of study, not only of the writings of these two leaders, but also of the ambiguous colonial and postcolonial relationship between the French Republic and the French Caribbean.... Highly recommended." -Choice