La France contemporaine face au défi de la créolisation


  • Nathalie Etoke Connecticut College



Creolizing France, post-colonial French identities, general will


Inspired by Jane Gordon's book, Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon, this article examines the paradoxes of Creolization within the French context. How do post-colonial French identities of Maghrebi, Sub-Saharan African or Caribbean descent Creolize French society? Instead of being an opportunity that must be seized by the Nation, why is creolization perceived as an imminent threat to the Republic? How can one think of Creolizing politics in the former colonial power? How does Creolization compel us to rethink how we live together? And how does it require us to rethink freedom and equality for all? These are the questions at the heart of this article.

Author Biography

Nathalie Etoke, Connecticut College

Nathalie Etoke is Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College, Chair of the French Department and the Associate Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.  She works on Africana literature, philosophy, film and cultural studies, with special emphasis on questions of gender, sexuality, melancholy, mourning and survival, post-colonial immigration, and French urban popular culture. Her most recent book Melancholia Africana l’indispensable dépassement de la condition noire (2010) won the 2012 Frantz Fanon Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. She is also the author of L’écriture du corps féminin dans la literature de l’Afrique francophone au sud du Sahara (2010). In addition to publishing she has produced a documentary film entitled Afro Diasporic French Identities (2012).