Liberation beyond the Great Camouflage
This chapter examines Suzanne Césaire’s liberatory politics and poetics. Whereas existing scholarship has focused on Césaire’s essays in the journal Tropiques published in Martinique during World War II, this chapter re-reads those essays alongside Césaire’s unpublished writings in order to reveal the crucial influence that Césaire’s stay in Haiti had on her vision for an Antillean cultural renaissance and political liberation. The five formative months that she spent in Haiti reveal the island to be, for Césaire, a site of political imagination and a generative space for forging a broader Caribbean identity that contests but also goes beyond the colonial paradigms of Martinique’s place in the French empire.
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