Colonial Metropolis: The Urban Grounds of Anti-imperialism and Feminism in Interwar Paris (BOK)

Jennifer Anne Boittin

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World War I gave colonial migrants and French women unprecedented access to the workplaces and nightlife of Paris. After the war they were expected to return without protest to their homes, both metropolitan and overseas. Neither group, however, was willing to be discarded. Between the world wars, the mesmerizing capital of France's colonial empire attracted denizens from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Paris became not merely their home but also a site for political engagement. "Colonial Metropolis" tells the story of the interactions and connections of these black colonial migrants and white feminists in the social, cultural, and political world of interwar Paris, and of how both were denied certain rights lauded by the Third Republic, such as the vote, suffered from sensationalist depictions in popular culture, and pursued parity in ways that were often interpreted as subversive. This compelling book maps the intellectual and physical locales that the disenfranchised residents of Paris frequented, revealing where their stories intersected and how the personal and local became political and transnational. With a focus on art, culture, politics, and society, this study reveals how both groups considered themselves inhabitants of a colonial metropolis and uncovers the strategies they used to colonize the city. Together, through the politics of anti-imperialism, communism, feminism, and masculinity, these urbanites connected performances of colonial and feminine tropes, such as Josephine Baker's, to contestations of the colonial system.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Jennifer Anne Boittin
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780803225459
Antall sider 376 Dimensjoner 14,2cm x 21,8cm x 3cm
Vekt 590 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, General & world history, Gender studies: women, Regional studies