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La femme, au coeur d’une société pluriculturelle : la belle Réunionnaise ou la construction d’une identité insulaire depuis le XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : Beauty, in its physical form, represents a true incarnation of the collective beliefs of a time, of a place, changing form accordingly, opening a window on the societal, cultural, and historical context in which it is manifested. To understand better who the woman of Reunion Island is, what social and political role she holds in this island society, we examined representations of the Creole beauty in the literature and visual art of the past three centuries. However, are artistic productions indicative of a societal context? How can one interpret perceptions of the Creole beauty? This study of various expressions of Creole beauty reveals the progressive construction of an insular identity of the Creole woman: multifaceted, hybrid, and free, inseparable from her native island. Around the history of the Creole beauty is a history of Creole society as distinct, bringing to light the importance of a colonial and slave heritage as well as current rapid changes linked to globalization, but also and especially an irreversible movement of emancipation of Reunion Island women.
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Jean-Michel Delaplace, Sérena Hajek. La femme, au coeur d’une société pluriculturelle : la belle Réunionnaise ou la construction d’une identité insulaire depuis le XVIIIe siècle. Histoire sociale / Social History, 2010, 43 (85), pp.131--163. ⟨hal-01232351⟩

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