Transnational French Studies

Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde

Edited by Alec G. Hargreaves, Charles Forsdick, and David Murphy

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ISBN: 9781846318108

Publication: March 2, 2012

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1

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The 2007 manifesto in favour of a “Littérature-monde en français” has generated new debates in both “francophone” and “postcolonial” studies. Praised by some for breaking down the hierarchical division between “French” and “Francophone” literatures, the manifesto has been criticized by others for recreating that division through an exoticizing vision that continues to privilege the publishing industry of the former colonial métropole. Does the manifesto signal the advent of a new critical paradigm destined to render obsolescent those of “francophone” and/or “postcolonial” studies? Or is it simply a passing fad, a glitzy but ephemeral publicity stunt generated and promoted by writers and publishing executives vis-à-vis whom scholars and critics should maintain a skeptical distance? Does it offer an all-embracing transnational vista leading beyond the confines of postcolonialism or reintroduce an incipient form of neocolonialism even while proclaiming the end of the centre/periphery divide? In addressing these questions, leading scholars of “French”, “Francophone” and “postcolonial” studies from around the globe help to assess the wider question of the evolving status of French Studies as a transnational field of study amid the challenges of globalization.

Professor Alec G. Hargreaves is Ada Belle Winthrop-King Professor of French and Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University.

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

Acknowledgements Introduction: What Does Littérature-monde Mean for French, Francophone and Postcolonial Studies? Alec G. Hargreaves, Charles Forsdick and David Murphy From World Literature to Littérature-monde: Genre, History and the Globalization of Literature Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde), Cosmopolitanism and Decadence: ‘Citizen of the World’ without the Citizen? Deborah Jenson From Weltliteratur to World Literature to Littérature-monde: The History of a Controversial Concept Typhaine Leservot Littérature-monde in the Marketplace of Ideas: A Theoretical Discussion Mounia Benalil The Postcolonial Manifesto: Partisanship, Criticism and the Performance of Change David Murphy Postcolonialism, Politics and the ‘Becoming-Transnational’ of French Studies ‘On the Abolition of the French Department’? Exploring the Disciplinary Contexts of Littérature-monde Charles Forsdick Francophonie: Trash or Recycle? Lydie Moudileno (Not) Razing the Walls: Glissant, Trouillot and the Post-Politics of World ‘Literature’ Chris Bongie The ‘Marie ND iaye Affair’ or the Coming of a Postcolonial Evoluée Dominic Thomas (R)Evolutions Thomas C. Spear Littérature-monde and Old/New Humanism Jane Hiddleston Mapping Littérature-monde Littérature-monde, or Redefining Exotic Literature? Jean-Xavier Ridon From Littérature voyageuse to Littérature-monde via Migrant Literatures: Towards an Ethics and Poetics of Littérature-monde through French-Australian Literature Jacqueline Dutton Littérature-monde and the Space of Translation, or, Where is Littérature-monde? Jeanne Garane Littérature-monde or Littérature océanienne? Internationalism versus Regionalism in Francophone Pacific Writing Michelle Keown The World and the Mirror in Two Twenty-first-Century Manifestos: ‘Pour une “littérature-monde” en français’ and ‘Qui fait la France?’ Laura Reeck The Post-Genocidal African Subject: Patrice Nganang, Achille Mbembe and the Worldlinesss of Contemporary African Literature - in French - Michael Syrotinski Afterword: The ‘World’ in World Literature Emily Apter Appendix: Toward a ‘World-Literature’ in French Notes on Contributors

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

307 Pages

ISBN: 9781846318108

Publication: March 2, 2012

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1

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