The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

La revue negre: negrophilie, modernity and colonialism in Inter-war France

Record type: Article

In 1985 the Paris metro ran an advertising campaign using an image of a young black woman dressed only in a skirt made of a fringe of yellow metro tickets. From a distance the tickets resemble bananas. The woman's hair is plastered down in a brilliantined Eton crop and her face is distorted by an exaggerated wide smile. The metro advertisement, framed by the caption 'Tickets Folies 2ème Voiture le Plus Célèbre Spectacle de Paris', recalls a time in the inter-war years in Paris when Josephine Baker was one of the most celebrated 'exotic' spectacles, both on and off the music hall stage. Although Baker subsequently went on to appear in a large number of shows, re-inventing herself as a 'grande chanteuse' and although her wartime work in France's Resistance earned her the prestigious Croix de Guerre, it is this image of Baker, half-naked, dancing frenetically in a suggestively phallic girdle of bananas, which has persisted in popular cultural memory. Baker was variously figured as the modern incarnation of Baudelaire's Jeanne Duval, the 'danseuse de bananes' who brought Le Charleston and the Blackbottom to France, the 'Petite Tonkinoise', Princess Tam Tam, and theatrical grande vedette, all performed against inter-war modernism and a spectacular mise en scène of the Second French Empire which had just entered its colonial âge d'or.

Full text not available from this repository.

Citation

Sweeny, Carole (2001) La revue negre: negrophilie, modernity and colonialism in Inter-war France Journal of Romance Studies, 1, (2), pp. 1-14.

More information

Published date: 2001

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 12309
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12309
ISSN: 1473-3536
PURE UUID: 107e05da-1ef9-4dbb-a21c-88081887fd0a

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 06 Oct 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

Export record

Contributors

Author: Carole Sweeny

University divisions


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×