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Francophone Literatures
Language: en
Pages: 283
Authors: M. H. Offord, Rosemary Chapman, Laila Ibnlfassi, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Psychology Press

Unique in its analysis both of literary and linguistic techniques, this text draws together extracts from novels written in French by writers from Francophone areas outside Europe, including North Africa, Black Africa, the Caribbean and North America.
Francophone Literatures
Language: en
Pages: 305
Authors: Belinda Elizabeth Jack
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The canon of French literature has been the subject of much debate and now increasingly francophone literatures are demanding more attention in student French literature courses. The first study in English of francophone literatures, this book introduces the diverse bodies of texts in French from the numerous French-speaking areas around the world, with separate sections covering Africa, French Canada, the Creole Islands, and Europe, and will provide students at both undergraduate and 'A' level with a comprehensive introductory survey of the subject. Francophone literatures emerge from rich bi- and multi-lingual cultures in part as colonial legacies. They also challenge the monopoly of the French literary tradition. This introductory survey celebrates the linguistic difference of such texts and the creative possibilities offered by deviance from an established tradition, demanding new critical approaches. The texts studied here cast a new light upon French literature in terms of their diverse perspectives upon writing, history, politics, and culture, their violent rewritings, subversive versions and parodies sometimes forming an elaborate pastiche of celebrated Frence texts. Guides to further reading, a select bibliography, and an extensive index combine to make the book an extremely readable introductory overview of a hitherto little explored area.
Francophone Literature as World Literature
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Christian Moraru, Nicole Simek, Bertrand Westphal
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-25 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Francophone Literature as World Literature examines French-language works from a range of global traditions and shows how these literary practices draw individuals, communities, and their cultures and idioms into a planetary web of tension and cross-fertilization. The Francophone corpus under scrutiny here comes about in the evolving, markedly relational context provided by these processes and their developments during and after the French empire. The 15 chapters of this collection delve into key aspects, moments, and sites of the literature flourishing throughout the francosphere after World War II and especially since the 1980s, from the French Hexagon to the Caribbean and India, and from Québec to the Maghreb and Romania. Understood and practiced as World Literature, Francophone literature claims--with particular force in the wake of the littérature-monde debate--its place in a more democratic world republic of letters, where writers, critics, publishers, and audiences are no longer beholden to traditional centers of cultural authority.
Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: F. Elizabeth Dahab
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-12-01 - Publisher: Lexington Books

Over the last four decades, the largest French-speaking state in North America, QuZbec, has nested more than a dozen vibrant modes of French expression created by members of the varied cultural communities that have settled there. Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature examines the works of several first-generation Canadian authors originating from Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and the Maghreb, who produced a trilingual literature that reflects the diversity of their cultural backgrounds. By casting a critical eye on the works of Saad Elkhadem, Naim Kattan, Abla Farhoud, Wajdi Mouawad, and HZdi Bouraoui, F. Elizabeth Dahab explores themes, styles, and structures that characterize the oeuvre of those authors. Dahab demonstrates that their mode is exile, and in so doing, she reveals the ways in which these writers seek to shape their art, using a host of innovative techniques that engage their renewed cultural identity.
The Body in Francophone Literature
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Moussa Sow
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-12 - Publisher: McFarland

Much of Francophone literature is a response to an elaborate discourse that served to bolster colonial French notions of national grandeur and to justify expansion of French territories overseas. A form of colonial exoticism saw the colonized subject as a physical, cultural, aesthetic and even sexual singularity. Francophone writers sought to rehabilitate the status of non–Western peoples who, through the use of anthropometric techniques, had been racially classified as inferior or primitive. Drawing on various Francophone texts, this collection of new essays offers a compelling study of the literary body—both corporeal and figurative. Topics include the embodiment of diasporic identity, the body politic in prison writing, women’s bodies, and the body’s expression of trauma inflicted by genocidal violence.
Queer Sexualities in French and Francophone Literature and Film
Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Moussa Sow
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

The steady development of queer theory over the last two decades has provided useful analytical tools and the will to dismiss the watchdog of heteronormativity. Modes of reading have evolved, as this volume of FLS amply attests. Following Bill Edmiston’s introduction to the volume — a concise and informative history of queer theory — the fifteen articles reveal, not surprisingly, significant diversity. One deals with queerness in the context of medieval writing where allegorical and euphemistic expression were understood to be irreconcilable. Another treats translations in Early Modern France of an Ovidian fable that had an inconvenient lesbian dimension. Rousseau’s fixation on his bottom (e.g., for spankings) points to a queer streak, while Gautier’s Mademoiselle de Maupin enhances the theme of sexual misidentity with ornamental figures. The queerness of Sand’s La Mare au diable emerges in the course of a contrasexual reading. A musicologist investigates the possibility of a lesbian esthetics of music in a work by Erik Satie, while a literary scholar finds evidence of Proust’s “outing” in Jean Santeuil. Other articles address the sense of gender transformation wrought by sodomy, a revised view on the writing subject in Jean Genet’s fiction, the queerness of heterosexuality in the works of Michel Houellebecq, and recurring motifs in recent fiction produced by “gay Paris.” Two of the articles treat activism and esthetics in film.
Violence in French and Francophone Literature and Film
Language: en
Pages: 188
Authors: El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Moussa Sow
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Stories of violence — such as the account in Genesis of Cain’s jealousy and murder of Abel — have been with us since the time of the earliest recorded texts. Undeniably, the scourge of violence fascinates, confounds, and saddens. What are its uses in literature — its appeal, forms, and consequences? Anchored by Alice Kaplan’s substantial contribution, the thirteen articles in this volume cover diverse epochs, lands, and motives. One scholar ponders whether accounts of Huguenot martyrdom in the sixteenth-century might suggest more pride than piety. Another assesses the real versus the true with respect to a rape scene in The Heptameron. Female violence in fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy points to gender politics and the fragility of female solidarity, while another article examines similar issues in the context of Ananda Devi’s works in present-day Mauritius. Other studies address the question of sadism in Flaubert, the unstable point of view of Emmanuel Carrère’s L’Adversaire, the ambivalence toward violence in Chamoiseau’s Texaco, the notions of “terror” and “tabula rasa” in the writings of Blanchot, the undoing of traditions of narrative continuity and authority in the 1998 film, À vendre, and consequences of the power differential in a repressive Haiti as depicted in the film Vers le Sud (2005). Paradoxes emerge in several studies of works where victims may become perpetrators, or vice versa.
Translation in French and Francophone Literature and Film
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: James Day, James T. Day
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Rodopi

This volume collects papers presented at the annual French Literature Conference, sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the University of South Carolina.
Victims and Victimization in French and Francophone Literature
Language: en
Pages: 196
Authors: James Day, James T. Day
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Books about Victims and Victimization in French and Francophone Literature
The Environment in French and Francophone Literature and Film
Language: en
Pages: 154
Authors: Jeff Persels
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Rodopi

Volume 39 of FLS French Literature Series features ten articles on the topic of the environment in French and Francophone Literature and Film. Contributors engage with the work of such authors, filmakers and cartoonists as Michel Serres, Luc Ferry, Patrice Nganang, Marie Darrieussecq, Yann-Arthus Bertrand and Plantu, and such topics as human zoos, eco-colonialism, queer theory, and the environmental catastrophes of WWI and, globally, of human civilization as recorded in the recent eco-documentary, HOME . Wide-ranging, provocative and topical these articles both broaden and deepen the efficacy.
Women’s Lives in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
Language: en
Pages: 169
Authors: Florence Ramond Jurney, Karen McPherson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-13 - Publisher: Springer

The essays in this volume provide an overview and critical account of prevalent trends and theoretical arguments informing current investigations into literary treatments of motherhood and aging. They explore how two key stages in women’s lives—maternity and old age—are narrated and defined in fictions and autobiographical writings by contemporary French and francophone women. Through close readings of Maryse Condé, Hélène Cixous, Zahia Rahmani, Linda Lê, Pierrette Fleutieux, and Michèle Sarde, among others, these essays examine related topics such as dispossession, female friendship, and women’s relationships with their mothers. By adopting a broad, synthetic approach to these two distinct and defining stages in women’s lives, this volume elucidates how these significant transitional moments set the stage for women’s evolving definitions (and interrogations) of their identities and roles.
Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary Francophone Literature
Language: en
Pages: 147
Authors: Katharine N. Harrington
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This book examines the constantly changing global climate that includes vast numbers of individuals in transit including, but not limited to immigrants, expatriates, and exiles. The contemporary writer has a vital role to play in mapping out the identities and trajectories of nomadic individuals in today's globalizing world. The writers of this study are current, prolific writers whose writing showcases the relevancy of French language literature in global discussions about identity, place, and belonging.