Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Edited by Kathryn A. Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

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ISBN: 9781786948687

Publication: August 8, 2018

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 9

Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France offers a critical assessment of the ways in which French writers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists descended from immigrants from former colonial territories bring their specificity to bear on the bounds and applicability of French republicanism, “Frenchness” and national identity, and contemporary cultural production in France. In mobilizing a range of approaches and methodologies pertinent to their specialist fields of inquiry, contributors to this volume share in the common objective of elucidating the cultural productions of what we are calling post-migratory (second- and third-generation) postcolonial minorities.

The volume provides a lens through which to query the dimensions of postcoloniality and transnationalism in relation to post-migratory postcolonial minorities in France and identifies points of convergence and conversation among them in the range of their cultural production. The cultural practitioners considered query traditional French high culture and its pathways and institutions; some emerge as autodidacts, introducing new forms of authorship and activism; they inflect French cultural production with different ‘accents’, some experimental and even avant-garde in nature. As the volume contributors show, though post-migratory postcolonial minorities sometimes express dis-settlement, they also provide an incisive view of social identities in France today and their own compelling visions for the future.

Kathryn A. Kleppinger is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at The George Washington University.

Laura Reeck is Professor of French and International Studies at Allegheny College.

I. Introduction: The Post-Migratory Postcolonial
Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

II. Generations and Designations

Difference-Conscious Critical Media Engagement and the Communitarian Question
Jennifer Fredette

Banlieue Writers: The Struggle for Literary Recognition through Collective Mobilisation
Kaoutar Harchi

Francophone and Post-Migratory Afropeans Within and Beyond France Today
Christopher Hogarth

III. Postmemory, or telling the past to the present

Un cinéma sans image: Palimpsestic Memory and the Lost History of Cambodian Film
Leslie Barnes

Vietnam by Removes: Storytelling and Postmemory in Minh Tran Huy
Catherine H. Nguyen

Moving Beyond the Legacies of War in Second-Generation Harki Narratives
Susan Ireland

IV. Urban Cultures/Identities

Redefining Frenchness through Urban Music and Literature: The Case of Rapper-Writers Abd Al Malik and Disiz
Stève Puig

‘Double discours’: Critiques of Racism and Islamophobia in French Rap
Chong J. Bretillon

‘Beyond Ethnicity’ or a Return to Type?: Bande de filles /Girlhood (Sciamma, 2014) and the Politics of Blackness in Contemporary French Cinema
Will Higbee

V. Imaginings in Visual Languages

Somebody or Anybody? Hip hop Choreography and the Cultural Economy
Felicia McCarren

Mixed Couples in Contemporary French Cinema: Exploring New Representations of Diversity and Difference on the Big Screen
Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

‘Nos ancêtres n’étaient pas tous des Gaulois’: Post-migration and bande dessiné
Ilaria Vitali

Identity and ‘Difference’ in French Art: El Seed’s Calligraffiti from Street to Web
Siobhán Shilton

VI. Afterword: A Long Road to Travel
Alec G. Hargreaves and Mark McKinney

Format: Ebook

296 Pages

13 B&W illustrations

ISBN: 9781786948687

Publication: August 8, 2018

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 9

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