Postcolonial Thought in the French Speaking World

Edited by Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

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ISBN: 9781846310546

Publication: June 1, 2009

Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 4

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In the late 1990’s, Postcolonial Studies risked imploding as a credible area of academic enquiry. Repeated anthologization and an overemphasis on the English-language literatures led to sustained critiques of the field and to an active search for alternative approaches to the globalized and transnational formations of the post-colonial world. In the early twenty-first century, however, postcolonial began to reveal a new openness to its comparative dimensions. French-language contributors to postcolonial debate (such as Edouard Glissant and Abdelkebir Khatibi) have recently risen to greater prominence in the English-speaking world, and there have also appeared an increasing number of important critical and theoretical texts on postcolonial issues, written by scholars working principally on French-language material. It is to such a context that this book responds. Acknowledging these shifts, this volume provides an essential tool for students and scholars outside French departments seeking a way into the study of Francophone colonial postcolonial debates. At the same time, it supplies scholars in French with a comprehensive overview of essential ideas and key intellectuals in this area.

David Murphy is Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Stirling and President of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Acknowledgements Introduction: Situating Francophone Postcolonial Thought - Charles Forsdick and David Murphy Section 1: Twelve Key Thinkers 1. Aimé Césaire and Francophone Postcolonial Thought - Mary Gallagher 2. Maryse Condé: Post-Postcolonial? - Typhaine Leservot 3. Jacques Derrida: Colonialism, Philosophy and Autobiography - Jane Hiddleston 4. Assia Djebar: ‘Fiction as a way of “thinking”’ - Nicholas Harrison 5. Frantz Fanon: Colonialism and Violence - Max Silverman 6. Édouard Glissant: Dealing in Globality - Chris Bongie 7. Tangled History and Photographic (In)Visibility: Ho Chi Minh on the Edge of French Political Culture - Panivong Norindr 8. Translating Plurality: Abdelkébir Khatibi and Postcolonial Writing in French from the Maghreb - Alison Rice 9. Albert Memmi: The Conflict of Legacies - Patrick Crowley 10. V. Y. Mudimbe’s ‘Long Nineteenth Century’ - Pierre-Philippe Fraiture 11. Roads to Freedom: Jean-Paul Sartre and Anti-colonialism - Patrick Williams 12. Léopold Sédar Senghor: Race, Language, Empire - David Murphy Section 2: Themes, Approaches, Theories 13. Postcolonial Anthropology in the French-speaking World - David Richards 14. French Theory and the Exotic - Jennifer Yee 15. The End of the Ancien Régime French Empire - Laurent Dubois 16. The End of the Republican Empire (1918–62) - Philip Dine 17. Postcolonialism and Deconstruction: The Francophone Connection - Michael Syrotinski 18. Negritude, Présence Africaine, Race - Richard Watts 19. Francophone Island Cultures: Comparing Discourses of Identity in ‘Is-land’ Literatures - Pascale De Souza 20. Locating Quebec on the Postcolonial Map - Mary Jean Green 21. Diversity and Difference in Postcolonial France - Tyler Stovall 22. Colonialism, Postcolonialism and the Cultures of Commemoration - Charles Forsdick 23. Gender and Empire in the World of Film - Winifred Woodhull 24. From Colonial to Postcolonial: Reflections on the Colonial Debate in France - Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index

This is a boldly conceived and finely executed volume which will surely become a major reference point for a wide range of disciplines.
Alec Hargreaves  
Florida State University

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

357 Pages

ISBN: 9781846310546

Publication: June 1, 2009

Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 4

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