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Aza ou le Nègre (MHRA Critical Texts t. 27) Anon

Aza ou le Nègre (MHRA Critical Texts t. 27)

Anon

Published March 2nd 2011
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156 pages
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Aza ou le Nègre is a slave novel that was published anonymously in 1792, during the French Revolution. It differs from other contemporaneous works like Jean-François de Saint-Lamberts Ziméo and de Germaine de Staëls Mirza because, despite theirMoreAza ou le Nègre is a slave novel that was published anonymously in 1792, during the French Revolution. It differs from other contemporaneous works like Jean-François de Saint-Lamberts Ziméo and de Germaine de Staëls Mirza because, despite their advocacy for abolition, Ziméo and Mirza remain largely Eurocentric. By contrast, because it is largely narrated in the first person, Aza ou le Nègre makes for an Afrocentric fiction whence the White man is markedly absent. In having its hero Aza return to his native Africa, this novel purports to envision an after-slavery locus. Aza ou le Nègre thus can be read in a post-modern perspective where an African hero takes his destiny into his own hands and turns his back on the West to offer his own Afrocentric solution to the issue of slavery. The book concludes with a seminal treatise that summarizes the Société des Amis des Noirs ideology championed in Aza: Étienne Clavières Adresse de la Société des amis des noirs à lassemblée nationale, dating from 1791 Loïc Thommeret is lecturer in French at Oberlin College.