Race, gender, and slavery in France and its colonies in the eighteenth century
Ph.D., History and Women's Studies, U. of Michigan, 2008
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I am interested in how slavery and colonialism affected the lives of eighteenth-century Europeans who never left Europe, especially women, who seemingly had limited venues to engage with colonial projects. My current research focuses on how slavery and colonialism shaped family and patronage in eighteenth-century France. The movement of people of French and African descent between France and its Caribbean colonies created relationships that both defied customary constructions of family and called for new family strategies. By engaging with historical and feminist scholarship on the family, slavery, and colonialism in the Atlantic world, I interrogate notions of family and gender roles and suggest the links between French colonialism and changing ideas about European womanhood.