Our own Dr. Robert Fanuzzi will speak to the Columbia University American Studies Seminar Announcement on next Thursday, February 7, 2013, from
Please RSVP to the contact below.
Columbia University Faculty House (64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027)
Robert Fanuzzi, St. John’s University
“The Triangle Trade in Creole Nationalism: St. Domingue and the Travels of Moreau de St. Mery”
We will convene at 6pm for drinks at the Faculty House, 6.30pm for dinner, and 7.30pm for the talk. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($25 per a person; cash or check only). If you would like to attend, please make sure to RSVP at least one week in advance to the seminar rapporteur, Vesna Kuiken (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is necessary to RSVP even if you are attending the talk only, since rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.
MLE Moreau de St. Mery, the Martinican-born colonial administrator and man of letters, enjoys a growing reputation within French Caribbean studies as a contemporary expositor of the color lines, inter-racial sexual politics, and Afro-creole cultures of colonial St. Domingue.
But as a leading apologist for creole independence, he also played a pivotal role in the Franco-American intellectual exchanges of the 1780s and 90s that generated enduring conceptions of US exceptionalism, democratic society, and enlightened liberal government. This paper follows the itinerant career of Moreau de St.
Moreau from the Caribbean to Paris and exile in Philadelphia, reconstructing in the process a triangular economy that transformed the staggering wealth of slaveholding St. Domingue into the cultural capital of American nationalism.