Simone Weil on Colonialism: An Ethic of the Other (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France)
Simone Weil on Colonialism: An Ethic of the Other (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Simone Weil on Colonialism: An Ethic of the Other (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France)

  • Publish Date: 2003-06-24
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Simone Weil

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In 1931, Simone Weil read an article by Louis Roubaud in the Petit Parisien that exposed the Yen Bay massacre in Indochina. That article opened Weil's eyes, and from then until her death in exile in 1943, she cared most deeply about the French colonial situation. Weil refused to accept the contradiction between the image of France as champion of the rights of man and the reality of France's exploitation and oppression of the peoples in its territories.

Weil wrote thirteen articles or letters about the situation, writings originally published in French journals or in French collections of her work. J. P. Little's fluid and clear translations finally introduce to English-speaking scholars and students this important element of Weil's political consciousness.


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