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This work analyzes the intersections between the notions of geography, power, and resistance, specifically focusing on how these concepts produce and are productive of one another within a French Caribbean context. Focusing on the works of authors such as Jean-Baptiste Du Tertre and Édouard Glissant while drawing upon the insights offered by Michel Foucault's discussion on Power, this text analyzes the role of geography and space, from a colonial and post colonial perspective, in shaping and facilitating the colonial thesis (in a Hegelian sense) of power and domination over subaltern groups for economic gain. The work then continues to identify the extent to which particular geographic spaces enabled subaltern groups such as engagé laborers and African slaves to resist colonial power structures. These geographies of resistance, as argued in this work, function as the antithesis of colonial endeavors in the French Caribbean. Finally, the study concludes by seeking to understand the manner in which geographical space can contribute to a power-resistance synthesis.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jose Gomariz, Professor Directing Dissertation; Rafe Blaufarb, University Representative; Alec Hargreaves, Committee Member; Aimée Boutin, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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