The French Atlantic
Travels in Culture and History
Bill Marshall is Professor of Modern French Literature at the University of Stirling. Previous books include André Téchiné (Manchester University Press, 2007) France and the Americas (editor, Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 3 vols. Musicals – Hollywood and Beyond (co-edited with R.Stilwell, Exeter: Intellect Books, 2000).
List of illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: The French Atlantic 1 Passages of Nantes 2 Secrets of La Rochelle 3 ‘Even way up yonder among the fish’ – Islands and Frontiers at Saint-pierre et Miquelon 4 Bridges and Walls in Quebec City 5 Common Routes to New Orleans 6 Speaking and Dancing in Cayenne 7 Montevideo’s Arrivals and Departures Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Contents
This compelling book is a timely addition to the growing corpus of scholarship on the cultural links between France and America ...Bill Marshall's The French Atlantic is a very impressive achievement. Its sheer richness - which of course cannot be fully conveyed here - forces us to rethink the boundaries between French, Francophone, African and American cultures. It is an indispensable book.
International Journal of Francophone Studies
The French Atlantic: Travels in Culture and History is nonetheless a fascinating and thorough exploration of key identities and spaces within the French Atlantic.
The Kelvingrove Review
...this study combines geography, history, demographics, language, culture, literature and film to provide a unique perspective on the ways in which francophonie has been constituted in difference outside the French mainland. It deserves a place wherever ‘French Studies’ is taught or archived.
In The French Atlantic: Travels in Culture and History, Bill Marshall has produced a truly original and very engaging book that will be of great interest to readers in French, Francophone, and Atlantic Studies. This study is unique, quirky, and stimulating.
Christopher L. Miller
It is the level of sheer interest aroused by Marshall's descriptions — particularly of previously underdocumented areas such as the very significant French immigration to Uruguay, the role of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon during prohibition in the USA, or the interaction between slaves and French convicts in Cayenne — that fully vindicates the book's commitment to opening up a new perspective both on the French Atlantic and on cultural history more generally.
A challenging but worthwhile book -- those patient enough to wade through it will be rewarded. Indexed, with extensive notes, good bibliography, and fine colored illustrations.
Choice, Vol. 48, No. 04
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: October 15, 2009
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 9