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Reimagining LiberationHow Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire$
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Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042935

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042935.001.0001

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Andrée Blouin

Andrée Blouin

Métissage and African Liberation in My Country, Africa: Autobiography of the Black Pasionaria

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(p.119) 4. Andrée Blouin
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Reimagining Liberation
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Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042935.003.0006

This chapter analyzes Andrée Blouin’s My Country Africa: Autobiography of theBlack Pasionaria alongside writings by Henri Lopes and Léopold Senghor on métissage. It argues that the textual métissage in Blouin’s contested autobiography mirrors Blouin’s navigation of her double belonging as a mixed-race woman invested in decolonization in Africa. The chapter highlights Blouin’s work in Lumumba’s Congo, as she advocated for modes of citizenship that account for the shades and nuances that are often sidelined in anticolonial discourse on black/white and African/European identities. Blouin’s identity at the intersection of multiple racial and political influences shaped her vision of Pan-African citizenship.

Keywords:   Métissage, Andrée Blouin, Lumumba, Senghor, Pan-African, Independence, Belgium, Congo, autobiography

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