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Creole RenegadesRhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora$
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Benedicte Boisseron

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049793

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049793.001.0001

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Creole versus Bossale Renegade

Creole versus Bossale Renegade

“Turfism” in the Black Diaspora of the Americas

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Creole Renegades

Bénédicte Boisseron

University Press of Florida

This chapter looks at the bossale roots of the Creole renegade, using the Middle Passage as a symbolic background to address the question of individualism in Black diasporic literature. The slave ship chronotope refers to the exiguity and suppressive nature of the Caribbean and African-American literary spaces. The Bossale, the African-born slave in the Americas, is a transatlantic survivor. The bossale image, which calls upon the importance of basic individualism and Darwinism in the context of the Black diaspora, sheds light on the convention of literary “turfism” traditionally at play in Caribbean and African-American communities. The study investigates the reasons behind Black diasporic writers’ infamous antagonism toward one another, arguing that “turfism” is a consequence of the slave ship dynamic that historically forced the Blacks to make it on their own in spite of the suppressive state and exiguity of the locale.

Keywords:   Creole, Bossale, turfism, Martinican, literature, African-American, slave ship, chronotope, Middle Passage

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