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Title:The Creole port city: cosmopolitanism, intimate encounters and Republican ideals in twentieth-century Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal
Author:Fernando, Rosa R.
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:89-99
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:novels
Creoles
urban society
ports
About person:Abdoulaye Sadji (1910-1961)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13696815.2012.666912
Abstract:This article attempts to interpret cosmopolitan aspects of Creole port societies through one literary work, Abdoulaye Sadji's 'Nini mulâtresse du Sénégal' (1954). Republican ideals have been found in cosmopolitan Creole port societies for a very long time, and may be connected to both ancient precolonial and colonial Creole practices, especially intimate relationships. The text explores accordingly both the precolonial roots of these relationships as well as their colonial development. It also indicates that such relationships are central to the work analysed, as young women of Creole origin are its main characters. Furthermore, the portrayal of those women is closely linked in the novel to issues of political freedom and anticolonialism. The article attempts to read the novel in the light of what is known of the history of Saint-Louis, stressing both the related presence of cosmopolitan Creole societies, conceptions of hybridity and Republican ideals. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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