Super Fly: François Makandal’s Colonial Semiotics

  title={Super Fly: François Makandal’s Colonial Semiotics},
  author={Monique Allewaert},
  journal={American Literature},
  • M. Allewaert
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Art
  • American Literature
In this article I collate vernacular and elite academic stories about François Makandal, focusing particularly on his production of fetishes, which I (following his usage) call macandal. I show that the codes at work in macandal artifacts involve a materialism and semiotics that together constitute a critical methodology. I then use the methodology at work in macandal artifacts to read one key piece of the archive pertaining to Makandal: his judge and executioner Sébastien-Jacques Courtin’s M… 

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