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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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Daughters and Paternalism: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Daughters and Paternalism: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

(p.80) 3 Daughters and Paternalism: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Sarah and several other works about slavery by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, whose life provides an example of the interrelationships among fathers, daughters, and slaves. In 1804, Desbordes-Valmore traveled to Guadeloupe at the time of the slave revolts and found herself alone in an alien, slave-based island society after her mother died of yellow fever. In Sarah, black represents mothers while white represents fathers. Having lived on the margins of society, Desbordes-Valmore felt a strong affection for the downtrodden, including blacks, although her affirmation of paternalism in her works on slavery departs from that found in the writings of Germaine Staël and Charlotte Dard. The famous mixed-race Saint-Dominguan actress, Minette, highlights the dramas of white and black women's lives in colonial settings.

Keywords:   Sarah, slavery, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, fathers, daughters, slaves, blacks, paternalism, whites, Minette

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