Abstract

Contemporary critics of Charles Baudelaire's 1863 prose poem "La Belle Dorothée" have interpreted the figure of the liberated female slave Dorothée as a slave of imitation of whiteness. Drawing on colonial history, postcolonial theory, as well as recent developments in Baudelairean criticism, this article focuses on the poem's formal features to argue for a reading of Dorothée as a successful embodiment of emancipation without cultural assimilation. (In French)

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0172
Print ISSN
0146-7891
Pages
pp. 537-546
Launched on MUSE
2007-06-05
Open Access
No
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