Livre – Dangerous Creole Liaisons – Sexuality and Nationalism in French Discourses from 1806 to 1897

De la part de Jacqueline Couti, l’auteure.
Jacqueline Couti <jc8fc@VIRGINIA.EDU>

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book: Dangerous Creole Liaisons: Sexuality and Nationalism in French Discourses from 1806 to 1897.

ISBN 978-1781383018 ?  Liverpool University Press ?June 1 2016 ? 224 pages ? £85.00 ? 105,45 €.? $120.

Dangerous Creole Liaisons explores a French Caribbean context to broaden discussions of sexuality, nation building, and colonialism in the Americas. Couti examines how white Creoles perceived their contributions to French nationalism through the course of the nineteenth century as they portrayed sexualized female bodies and sexual and racial difference to advance their political ideologies. Questioning their exhilarating exoticism and titillating eroticism underscores the ambiguous celebration of the Creole woman as both seductress and an object of lust. She embodies the Caribbean as a space of desire and a political site of contest that reflects colonial, slave and post-slave societies. The under-researched white Creole writers and non-Caribbean authors (such as Lafcadio Hearn) who traveled to and wrote about these islands offer an intriguing gendering and sexualization of colonial and nationalist discourses. Their use of the floating motif of the female body as the nation exposes a cultural cross-pollination, an intense dialogue of political identity between continental France and her Caribbean colonies. Couti suggests that this cross-pollination still persists. Eventually, representations of Creole women?s bodies (white and black) bring two competing conceptions of nationalism into play: a local, bounded, French nationalism against a transatlantic and more fluid nationalism that included the Antilles in a ?greater France.?

This is an ambitious, original, well informed and richly documented study of a neglected corpus. One of the real strengths of the book is the weaving together of writings by novelists, journalists, historians and travellers, Creoles and non-Creoles alike, to produce an analysis that sheds new light on an important period of Martinican history.—Maeve McCusker, Queen’s University, Belfast

Jacqueline Couti’s important book Dangerous Creole Liaisons demonstrates that while a politically turbulent nineteenth-century France was defining itself, in turns, as an empire, a monarchy, and a republic, a corpus of writers in Martinique, mainly white and heretofore little-known, was producing texts that both dialogued with and opposed the prevailing French discourses of nationhood.—Paula Sato, Kent University

Table of content:
Introduction Chercher la femme: Traces of an Ever-Present Absence
1. The (White) Female Creole Body: Bearer of Culture and Cultural Signifier
2. Falling from Grace: Creole Gothic, Flawed Femininity, and The Collapse of Civilization
Coda I (Re)writing History: Revival of the Declining Creole Nation and Transatlantic Ties
3. Sexualizing and Darkening Black Female Bodies: Whose Imagined Community?
4. Colonial Democracy and Fin de Siècle Martinique: The Third Republic and White Creole Dissent
Coda II Heritage and Legacies

***Thank you for your attention and consideration.

Best wishes,

Jacqueline Couti

Jacqueline Couti, PhD.
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
1029 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027  USA

**Recent publications**

Dangerous Creole Liaisons
Jacqueline Couti
Liverpool University press June 1, 2016)

Roman Martiniquais inédit
Jenny Manet
Présentation de Jacqueline Couti
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Virginie Mailhot (2016, 13 juillet). Livre – Dangerous Creole Liaisons – Sexuality and Nationalism in French Discourses from 1806 to 1897. Le carnet de la liste socius. Consulté le 29 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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