This conversation piece celebrates Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s inspiring study Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020) through the parallel histories of the Martinican theorist Suzanne Césaire and the Haitian intellectual Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain. Thinking about Suzanne’s and Suzanne’s respective and overlapping relationships to Haiti, this essay is an exercise in implementing the decolonial methods and reimagining of national belonging that Joseph-Gabriel presents.
Suzanne and Suzanne: An Experiment in Reimagining Liberation
Grace L. Sanders Johnson is a historian, a visual artist, and assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of study include modern Caribbean history, transnational feminisms, oral history, and environmental humanities. She is the author of White Gloves, Black Nation: Women, Citizenship, and Political Wayfaring in Haiti (2023).
Grace L. Sanders Johnson; Suzanne and Suzanne: An Experiment in Reimagining Liberation. Small Axe 1 March 2023; 27 (1 (70)): 131–142. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10461914
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