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Between totem and taboo : black man, white woman in francographic literature

Author: Roger Little
Publisher: Exeter, UK : University of Exeter Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book picks its way through a minefield of prejudice, myth and stereotypes. Many of its key terms require qualifying quotation marks: 'black', 'white', 'race', 'mixed marriages' and so forth. Through a Francographic corpus - that is, one of writing in French, primarily in this case from France and its former colonies in Africa and the West Indies - covering the last two and a half centuries since the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Little
ISBN: 0859896498 9780859896498
OCLC Number: 46545682
Description: xii, 288 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Contents: Introduction - between totem and taboo; 18th-century enwhitenment; from taboo to totem; traditions and transitions; opposite genders, opposite agendas; the French empire writes black; struggles for independence; the freedom to choose; liberty and licence; full circle; beyond difference and indifference.
Responsibility: by Roger Little.
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Between Totem and Taboo picks its way through a minefield of prejudice, myth and stereotypes. It is the first book to explore the literary representation by authors black and white, male and female,  Read more...

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"Wide ranging and fascinating ... For its breadth of knowledge, ranging across centuries and continents, this book will be indispensable to all those with an interest in this subject." FS LVI.3, 2002

 
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