Francophone Afropean Literatures

Edited by Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas

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ISBN: 9781781380345

Publication: April 10, 2014

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 5

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What does Afro-Europe signify? This volume explores the concept and possibility of a black European community by analysing the ways in which contemporary Francophone African writers articulate and interrogate their complex relationships with European society, culture and history. Through the different contributions in this volume, readers will discover the symbiotic ways in which Africa has transformed/been transformed (in/by) Europe and in turn how Africanness has (re)defined Europeanness. To this end, the volume places scholarly articles addressing the relationship between the francophone and Afro-European context alongside new, specially commissioned short stories and essays by some of the most critically-acclaimed and influential producers of Afropean writing today: Fatou Diome, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano, Wilfried N’Sondé, Sami Tchak and Abdourahman Waberi. Works by these authors are discussed in and across the scholarly interventions, generating dialogue around what it means to be ‘Francophone’ and ‘Afropean’ in the twenty-first century. At a time when it is no longer easy to define what Europe really is, this book considers to what extent the category ‘Afropean’ may prove helpful in improving our understanding of the complex ways in which minority communities conceive of identity in Europe today and address the range of issues impacting them. The notion of ‘Afropeanism’ is of course relatively new, and this book does not claim to offer an exhaustive analysis of the term’s usage and/or potential pertinence. Rather, the cultural, political, and social circumstances of Europe today are reflected in discussions surrounding the term and perhaps not surprisingly, in the diverse and diverging perspectives adopted by the scholars and creative writers in this volume.

Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California Los Angeles.

Nicki Hitchcott is a Senior Lecturer in French at University of Nottingham. Previous publications include Women Writers in Francophone Africa (Berg, 2000)

Introduction: Francophone Afropeans - Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas 1. Afropeanism and Francophone Sub-Saharan African Writing - Dominic Thomas 2. The Transatlantic Poetics of Fatou Diome - Kathryn M. Lachman 3. Corps sans titre: ‘fleshiness’ and Afropean identity in Bessora’s 53 cm - John Nimis 4. Already Here: Sami Tchak’s Afropean Generation - Allison Van Deventer 5. Paris Polar: Afropean Noir in the City of Lights - Dawn Fulton 6. Mapping Afropea: The Translation of Black Paris in the Fiction of Alain Mabanckou - John Patrick Walsh 7. Relighting Stars and Bazars of Voices: Exchange and Dialogue in Léonora Miano’s Tels des Astres Éteints and Alain Mabanckou’s Black Bazar - Kathryn Kleppinger 8. Sex and the Afropean City: Léonora Miano’s Blues pour Elise - Nicki Hitchcott 9. Toward an Afropean Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Friendship and the African Immigrant - Srilata Ravi 10. Afropean Masculinities as Bricolage - Ayo A. Coly SHORT STORIES: Fatou Diome - ‘The Old Man and the Boat’ Léonora Miano - ‘The Rain-maker Affair’ Abdourahman A. Waberi - ‘The Squirrels of Wannsee’ Wilfried N’Sondé - ‘Francasterix’ Sami Tchak - ‘At the Borders of my Skin’ Alain Mabanckou - ‘Confessions of a sapeur’ Bibliography Index

With the publishing of this authoritative ground-breaking volume on Afropean literatures of French expression, it is hoped that the mainstreaming of the term into lexicography will soon become a reality.
Augustine H. Asaah   Cahiers d'Études Africaines

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781781380345

Publication: April 10, 2014

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 5

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