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Fathers, Daughters, and SlavesWomen Writers and French Colonial Slavery$
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Doris Y. Kadish

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318467

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317828

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Fathers and Colonization: Charlotte Dard

Fathers and Colonization: Charlotte Dard

(p.53) 2 Fathers and Colonization: Charlotte Dard
Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how fathers and daughters attempted to colonise Africa in the early decades of the nineteenth century, focusing on the story of Charlotte Dard, who, in 1816, at the age of eighteen, survived the shipwreck of the Medusa and described her experience in a memoir entitled La Chaumière africaine. In this work she addressed the role of her father Charles Picard, who shared his passion for Africa with his daughter, in postrevolutionary French history. Near the end of his life, Picard continued to communicate with another benevolent father, his daughter's husband Jean Dard. Charlotte Dard offers not only a woman's perspective on the shipwreck but also an account of fathers and daughters struggling to survive and forming sympathetic bonds with the black subjects under France's colonial rule. The chapter also compares La Chaumière africaine with Théodore Géricault's painting Le Radeau de la Méduse, which immortalized the Medusa shipwreck. Finally, it looks at the property-owning African women known as signares, including Anne Pépin.

Keywords:   Africa, fathers, daughters, Charlotte Dard, Charles Picard, shipwreck, Medusa, La Chaumière africaine, France, signares

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