Histoire de Louis Anniaba
Roi d'Essenie en Afrique sur la Côte de Guinée
- 92 Pages
The African prince Anniaba is the first black hero in French fiction. With his French queen, he also forms the first mixed-race couple. Based on fact, Historie de Louis Anniaba was first published in 1740 but has never before been reprinted. The story allows a degree of narrative and geographical fantasy, but the legal context of the period, in this volume brought into play for the first time, throws into relief the author’s free-thinking stance. In other respects it is a period piece, full of travel and adventure in Africa, on the high seas, in France and on the Barbary Coast.
Anniaba’s relatively fair complexion, impalusable for some, is a mark of his common humanity and of the author’s refusal to accept that everything out of Africa is monstrous. It is important to rediscover this forgotten text in a world still bearing ths cars of racism.
This is a volume in the Textes littéraires/Exeter French Texts. The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
Introduction, v; Questions d'histoire et de geographie, vii; Questions de couleur, xii; Questions de style et de narration, xv; Questions d'originalite, xix; Note technique, xxv; Bibliographie selective, xxvii; Histoire de Louis Anniaba, 1; Avertissement, 3; Premiere Partie, 5; Seconde Partie, 49; Table des matieres, 89.