At the Limits of Memory
Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World
Edited by SFPS and Kate Hodgson
Kate Hodgson is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in French at the University of Liverpool.
Nicola Frith is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and author of 'The French Colonial Imagination: Writing the Indian ‘Mutiny’ from Second Empire to Third Republic' (Lexington Books, 2014).
1. Nicola Frith and Kate Hodgson, ‘Slavery and its Legacies: Remembering Labour Exploitation in the Francophone World’ Part One: The Limits of Memorialization: Commemoration, Musealization and Patrimony 2. Christine Chivallon, ‘Representing the Slave Past: The Limits of Museographical and Patrimonial Discourses’ 3. Catherine Reinhardt, ‘Telling Stories of Slavery: Cultural Re-appropriations of Slave Memory in the French Caribbean Today’ 4. Nicola Frith, ‘The Art of Reconciliation: The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes’ 5. Renaud Hourcade, ‘Shaping Representations of the Past in a Former Slave-Trade Port: Slavery Remembrance Day (10 May) in Nantes’ 6. Kate Hodgson, ‘Haiti and the Memorial Discourses of Slavery After 1804’ Part Two: Beyond the Abolitionist Moment: Memories and Counter-Memories of Labour Exploitation 7. Charles Forsdick, ‘Cette île n’est pas une île: Situating Gorée’ 8. Srilata Ravi, ‘Multiple Memories: Slavery and Indenture in Mauritian Literature in French’ 9. Sotonye Omuku, ‘Speaking of Slavery: Representations of Domestic Slavery in the Oral Epics of Francophone West Africa’ 10. Inès Mrad Dali, ‘From Forgetting to Remembrance: Slavery and Forced Labour in Tunisia’ 11. Claire Griffiths, ‘Imaging the Present: An Iconography of Slavery in Contemporary African Art’ 12. Françoise Vergès, Cartographies of Memory, Politics of Emancipation Bibliography Index
Overall, the volume is highly innovative, sophisticated and engaging... The book will provide rewarding
reading not only to specialists in memory and in French colonialism, but also to those interested in
contemporary French culture more generally.
Given the recent explosion in studies of the memories of the slave trade and the recent efforts of France to include the history of slavery in its national history, the book highlights the blind spots that have marked public memory of slavery and slavery commemorations not only in France but also in countries that have historical bonds with French colonial history.
Fabienne Viala Slavery & Abolition
Publication: May 21, 2015
Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies