Free and French in the Caribbean (Hardcover)

Toussaint Louverture, Aimé Césaire, and Narratives of Loyal Opposition (Blacks in the Diaspora)

By John Patrick Walsh

Indiana University Press, 9780253006271, 206pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2013

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In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Patrick Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aim C saire 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 C saire 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.

About the Author

John Patrick Walsh is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.