Colonial Unconscious by Elizabeth Ezra
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Colonial Unconscious
By Elizabeth Ezra

The Colonial Unconscious

Race and Culture in Interwar France

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Colonial Unconscious by Elizabeth Ezra

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France between the two World Wars was pervaded by representations of its own colonial power, expressed forcefully in the human displays at the expositions coloniales, films starring Josephine Baker, and the short stories of Paul Morand, and more subtly in the avant-garde writings of Rene Crevel and Raymond Roussel. In her lively book, Elizabeth Ezra interprets a fascinating array of cultural products to uncover what she terms the "colonial unconscious" of the Jazz Age-the simultaneous attraction and repulsion of exoticism and the double bind of a colonial discourse that foreclosed the possibility of the very assimilation it invited.Ezra situates the apotheosis of French colonialism in relation to both the internal tensions of the colonial project and the competing imperialisms of Great Britain and the United States. Examining both the uses and the limits of psychoanalytic theories of empire, she proposes a reading of French colonialism which, while historically specific, also contributes to our understanding of contemporary culture. The enduring legacy of empire is felt to this day, as Ezra demonstrates in a provocative epilogue on the remarkable similarities between the rhetoric of colonial France and accounts of the French victory in the 1998 World Cup.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801486470
ISBN-10: 0801486475
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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