Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction by Charles Forsdick PDF


By Charles Forsdick

ISBN-10: 0340808012

ISBN-13: 9780340808016

ISBN-10: 0340808020

ISBN-13: 9780340808023

This landmark textual content constitutes the 1st accomplished evaluate of Francophone

Postcolonial stories. relocating clear of reductive geographical or linguistic surveys of the Francophone global, this selection of unique essays presents a thematic dialogue of the complicated ancient, political and cultural hyperlinks among France and its former colonies. delivering a theoretical framework for postcolonial feedback of the sector, it additionally goals to set off a real discussion among Francophone and Anglophone students of postcolonialism.

Part I presents a ancient evaluation, from the eighteenth to the 20 th century, addressing problems with colonialism, slavery and exoticism. half II seems to be at language matters and discusses France's trust within the universality of its language and tradition and the postcolonial demanding situations to that view. half III discusses problems with range and multiculturalism in modern Francophone cultures. half IV concludes with an research of the French-language contribution to postcolonialism in addition to an exam of Francophone postcolonial inspiration and tradition within the valuable components of the French-speaking world.

Edited by means of of the up-and-coming names in Francophone Postcolonial reviews, the gathering contains contributions from a global workforce together with a number of the world's best students within the box.

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This is clear in Marivaux’s play La Dispute, first performed in 1744, where black guardians are employed to bring up four children in a state of 22 Roger Little nature so as to help resolve a dispute – never resolved of course – about whether men or women were the first to be unfaithful. This play-within-aplay had a direct influence on a celebrated modern novel, La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle (1963), not just through its form and its interplay of races, but also through the very name of the key character Mesrou/Mérou (Little 2001b), showing its abiding relevance.

The actions of the National Assembly in favour of free people of colour pushed many planters in Saint-Domingue, who saw the action as a prelude to emancipation, to declare openly that they should seek protection from the British (Geggus 1982). Before 1789, and during the early years of the Revolution, it was therefore the community of slave-owners that harboured desires for political autonomy, and even independence, from colonial authority. It was the class of white planters that supplied the activists who fought against a metro- In search of the Haitian Revolution 31 politan government that, especially after 1789, they saw as a threat to the existence of slavery, and to their power as slave-holders.

The most powerful eighteenth-century representations of Blacks and of the arguments surrounding them figure in the literary writings of philosophes and of their like-minded precursors and followers. Montaigne, for example, had shown a willingness to tackle concepts of property and, notably in his essay ‘Des cannibales’ (1580: Essais, I, xxxi), to conduct a sympathetic discussion into the status of otherness, launching irony as an appropriate literary mode for such questions. Lahontan placed the Other at centre stage and injected a new dynamism into the debate about cultural difference.

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