REVIEWS Similarly, in the last and shortest part of the book dedicated to memory, Francois Weil locates after 1803 the creation of a Gallic identity in Loui¸ siana, thanks to the arrival of dynamic migrants from Saint-Domingue and France. In light of the vivid tableaux of colonial Louisiana offered recently by Sophie White or Shannon Lee Dawdy, the conclusions of both Fernandez and Weil somewhat overstate the cultural and political apathy of the ancienne population. French Louisiana was not invented in the nineteenth century. As it is expected of the genre, the essays here are unequal. The greatest weakness of this collection, however, lies in the repetitive nature of some contributions, published in parts elsewhere. This criticism aside, these essays collectively achieve their goals of inscribing ``France in the cultural history of North America'' (18). More than bringing a French twist to a teleological narrative of westward expansion, Empires of the Imagination mirrors the formidable vitality of research on Louisiana and the French Atlantic in the last two decades. In itself, this is another transAtlantic history worth telling. ´ ` ´ ´ Ma rise Bac han d is a professeure reguliere at the Universite du Que` bec in
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Oct 22, 2012
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