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By Doris L Garraway

Presenting incisive unique readings of French writing in regards to the Caribbean from the inception of colonization within the 1640s until eventually the onset of the Haitian Revolution within the 1790s, Doris Garraway sheds new mild on an important bankruptcy in French colonial historical past. whilst, she makes a pathbreaking contribution to the research of the cultural touch, creolization, and social transformation that ended in essentially the most ecocnomic but brutal slave societies in heritage. Garraway’s readings spotlight how French colonial writers characterised the Caribbean as an area of religious, social, and ethical depravity. whereas tracing this critique in colonial debts of Island Carib cultures, piracy, spirit ideals, slavery, miscegenation, and incest, Garraway develops a idea of “the libertine colony.” She argues that hope and sexuality have been primary to practices of domination, legislation of exclusion, and structures of race within the slave societies of the colonial French Caribbean.

Among the texts Garraway analyzes are missionary histories through Jean-Baptiste Du Tertre, Raymond Breton, and Jean-Baptiste Labat; narratives of experience and transgression written by way of pirates and others outdoor the professional civil and spiritual energy buildings; go back and forth debts; treatises on slavery and colonial management in Saint-Domingue; the 1st colonial novel written in French; and the earliest linguistic description of the local Carib language. Garraway additionally analyzes legislation—including the Code noir—that codified slavery and different racialized energy kin. The Libertine Colony is either a wealthy cultural historical past of creolization as published in Francophone colonial literature and an incredible contribution to theoretical arguments approximately how literary critics and historians should still technique colonial discourse and cultural representations of slave societies.

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