This is a critical edition of a drama by Alphone de Lamartine, written in the early 1840s, but only given its first and last performance in Paris in 1850. It draws on an image of Toussaint Louverture, the father of Haitian independence. Lamartine proved something of a visionary by stressing his hero's search for a coherent racial and national ideology, a theme which has become fundamental in Negritude and post-colonial literatures. This edition provides a critical apparatus covering the history of the text, the political and social background against which it should be read, the reception of the work from the time of its original performance to today, and to offer notes on the historical figures included in the cast of characters, as well as a selection of variants, explanatory footnotes and a bibliography.
Table of Contents
FRONTISPICE, II; INTRODUCTION, V; TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE; Preface, 2; Acte Premier, 13; Acte Deuxieme, 29; Acte Troisieme, 59; Acte Quatrieme, 99; Acte Cinquieme, 121; AJOUTS ET SUPPRESSIONS, 149; BIBLIOGRAPHIE, 153.
Leon-Francois Hoffman is Professor of French at Princeton University.