Notes
Preface: Bitter Sugar's Island
Arundhati Roy, The God a/Small Things (London: Flamingo,
1997),
p.
53.
In
1963
a documentary film was shot in Reunion. It was called Sucre Amer
("Bitter Sugar"; the title was inspired by Bitter Rice) and received an
award at the Berlin Film Festival. The French government forbade the
film's distribution in French territory (metropolitan and postcolonial).
1
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (New York: Plume Book,
1988),
pp.
79-
80.
2
This is how the Haitian thinker Patrick Bellegarde-Smith put it at
the Conference on Pan-Africanism Revisited, Pomona College, 9 April
1988.
Cited in Fran,oise Lionnet, Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender,
Self-Portraiture (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press,
1989),
p. 6.
3
Ibid.
4
See, for instance, the issue of Dedale
5-6
(spring
1997),
"Postcolo-
nialisme: Decentrement, Deplacement, Dissemination."
5
Homi Bhabha, "Minority Maneuvers and Unsettled Negotiations,"
Critical Inquiry
23
(spring
1997):
p.
434.
6
With its
600,000
inhabitants, Reunion is the most populated of the
French overseas departments. The total population of the French overseas
departments is
1,459,000.
7
The first colonial empire was constituted before the French Revolution.
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