Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

CORE C180   Francophone and Creole Identities
RestrictionsNo 2024 2023
Core AreaCommunities & Identities

Martinique, a 400 square-mile island, is an official part of France today despite being 4200 miles away from mainland France. French is the official language but most Martinicans freely express themselves in Creole. The majority of Martinicans declare that they are, first and foremost, citizens of the French Republic, but also readily admit that they are Martinican by culture. What is striking about Martinique is the dizzying array of cultural signifiers that seem to coexist in a veritable braided community, in which it can be genuinely difficult to tell where one cultural identity strand ends and another begins. Martinique is thus a fabulous lens through which this process of negotiating and renegotiating of cultures, languages, and identities can be viewed, and can be considered a precursor to modern-day globalization.