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Sex, Sea, and SelfSexuality and Nationalism in French Caribbean Discourses, 1924-1948$
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Jacqueline Couti

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800859944

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800859944.001.0001

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On ne vous a pas oubliés: Re-Scripting and (Re-)Gendering French Antillean Discourses

(p.1) Introduction
Sex, Sea, and Self

Jacqueline Couti

Liverpool University Press

The introduction delineates Sex, Sea, and Self’s Black feminist methodology which it uses to investigate how notions of Blackness and gender in the French Caribbean remain entangled with French Creole and French continental principles of whiteness and to expose detrimental epistemologies generated in French colonial discourses. This approach questions the complex history and polysemy at play in the intricate construction and representation of Caribbean women of African descent in certain masculine discourses, whether produced in Europe or the Americas. Considering these representations of women not only as colonial tropes but as appellations d’origine contrôlée (AOC) [“protected designations of origin”] of the imaginary allow us to see how these persistant tropes still cause exclusion and dissension and negatively affect the contemporary French Antilles.

Keywords:   Sexuality, Gender, Race, Nationality, Feminism, Anticolonialism, Black humanism, Social Class

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