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Creole MedievalismColonial France and Joseph Bédier's Middle Ages$
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Michelle R. Warren

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665259

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665259.001.0001

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Postcolonial Itineraries

Postcolonial Itineraries

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(p.194) Chapter 6 Postcolonial Itineraries
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Creole Medievalism
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Michelle R. Warren

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665259.003.0006

This chapter examines the continuing development of creole medievalism in the present. Since Joseph Bédier’s death, creole medievalism has included engagements with both the Middle Ages and Bédier himself. Bédier’s prestige as a Réunionnais has made him attractive to partisans of nearly every political persuasion. The Middle Ages have an equally varied valence as the fact that Réunion was settled in modern times makes it both a justifying precursor to modern expansionism and innocent of colonialism’s direct legacies. The chapter describes Bédier and the Middle Ages consoling metropolitan ambitions of centralized control while also fostering postcolonial dreams. Creole medievalism has appeared in a number of ways on Réunion since departmentalization in 1946, such as street names and historical commemorations. Each of these manifestations refers either to Bédier or the Middle Ages as symbols of the essence of either “France” or “Réunion.”

Keywords:   creole medievalism, Middle Ages, Réunionnais, Réunion, modern expansionism, colonialism, centralized control, postcolonial dreams, France, Joseph Bédier

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