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Schwarze Schmach and métissages contemporains: The Politics and Poetics of Mixed Marriage in a Refugee Family

Schwarze Schmach and métissages contemporains: The Politics and Poetics of Mixed Marriage in a Refugee Family

Chapter:
(p.34) Chapter 3 Schwarze Schmach and métissages contemporains: The Politics and Poetics of Mixed Marriage in a Refugee Family
Source:
Africa in Europe
Author(s):
Eve Rosenhaft
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318474.003.0003

This chapter examines the transnational experience of a family of German-Cameroonian origin, and the ways in which it was processed in autobiographical narratives authored by two of its members, Duala Misipo and his son Ekwé, written in German and French respectively. It sets those narratives in the context of biographical data about the family, founded by Duala Misipo in Frankfurt in the 1920s and forced to emigrate to Paris by the Nazis in 1937. The texts are analysed in terms of the ways in which father and son represent mixed relationships and respond to the pressures that white racism places on mixed couples. Particular attention is given to the different ways in which the two men represent the (white) women in their family, in a reading that emphasises intergenerational and intertextual relations in terms of the authors’ status as refugees and border-crossers.

Keywords:   German, France, Nazis, mixed marriage, women, refugees, autobiography, Dualla Misipo, Ekwé Misipo, Cameroonians

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