Abstract

The 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée is a powerful and enduring symbol in Martinican literature. In writings by white creole authors, the volcano’s destruction of Saint-Pierre stands in as a symbol for the abolition of slavery and the loss of béké economic and political power. The novels Cœurs martiniquais and Le Sang du volcan, highlight complex and evolving relationships between white creole women and their das, and show both the gendered nature of colonial conquest and the blurring of color lines between Saint-Pierre’s women on the eve of the volcanic eruption.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-5486
Print ISSN
1077-825x
Pages
pp. 13-28
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-28
Open Access
No
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