American Creoles

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American Creoles

The Francophone Caribbean and the American South

Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 3

2012

May 25th, 2012


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The Francophone Caribbean and the American South are sites born of the plantation, the common matrix for the diverse nations and territories of the circum-Caribbean. This book takes as its premise that the basic configuration of the plantation, in terms of its physical layout and the social relations it created, was largely the same in the Caribbean and the American South. Essays written by leading authorities in the field examine the cultural, social, and historical affinities between the Francophone Caribbean and the American South, including Louisiana, which among the Southern states has had a quite particular attachment to France and the Francophone world. The essays focus on issues of history, language, politics and culture in various forms, notably literature, music and theatre. Considering figures as diverse as Barack Obama, Frantz Fanon, Miles Davis, James Brown, Edouard Glissant, William Faulkner, Maryse Condé and Lafcadio Hearn, the essays explore in innovative ways the notions of creole culture and creolization, terms rooted in and indicative of contact between European and African people and cultures in the Americas, and which are promoted here as some of the most productive ways for conceiving of the circum-Caribbean as a cultural and historical entity. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

Examines the cultural, social, and historical affinities between the Francophone Caribbean and the American South. Considers figures as diverse as Barack Obama, Frantz Fanon, Miles Davis, James Brown, Edouard Glissant, William Faulkner, Maryse Condé and Lafcadio Hearn.

About The Author

Martin Munro is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University, and the author of Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas (University of California Press, 2010); Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature: Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferrière, Danticat (Liverpool University Press, 2007); and editor of Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010 (Liverpool University Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half-title2
Title page4
Copyright page5
Contents6
List of Illustrations8
Acknowledgements9
Introduction10
Part I26
Chapter 128
Chapter 249
Chapter 365
Chapter 486
Chapter 5104
Part II120
Chapter 1122
Chapter 2138
Chapter 3156
Chapter 4174
Part III190
Chapter 1192
Chapter 2206
Chapter 3225
Chapter 4239
Notes on Contributors249
Index253