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Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Shirley Anne Tate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381717

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381717.001.0001

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Are We All Creoles? ‘Sable-Saffron’ Venus, Rachel Christie and Aesthetic Creolization

Are We All Creoles? ‘Sable-Saffron’ Venus, Rachel Christie and Aesthetic Creolization

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Creolizing Europe

Shirley Anne Tate

Liverpool University Press

Shirley Anne Tate analyses the aesthetics of creolization. Introducing the cultural politics of beauty into Glissantian creolization she shows that aesthetics has the potential to take us beyond a simple mètissage to enable us to see how a nation understands itself. Discussing the example of the crowning of 20 year-old black ‘mixed race’ Rachel Christie on 20th July 2009 as the first black Miss England, she explores, first what creole could mean in aesthetic terms; second, Rachel Christie as the embodiment of the English nation as creolized, and third, the poetics of relation in which the continuation of white racial hegemony emerges through the beauty pageant as a micro-strategy of aesthetic domination.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Creolization, mètissage, ‘mixed race’, Poetics

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