Against the Postcolonial: 'Francophone' Writers at the Ends of the French Empire by Richard SerranoAgainst the Postcolonial: 'Francophone' Writers at the Ends of the French Empire by Richard Serrano

Against the Postcolonial: 'Francophone' Writers at the Ends of the French Empire

byRichard Serrano

Hardcover | August 4, 2005

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Richard Serrano begins his provocative new work Against the Postcolonial with the bold statement that OFrancophone studies is mostly a mirage, while postcolonial studies is mostly a delusion.O He argues that many attempts to use postcoloniality to account for francophone writers tell us more about the criticsO assumptions than about the writersO works. Furthermore, he asserts that postcolonial studies, with its antecedents as an Anglophone Indian project that emerged in response to the weakening British Raj, is but one sort of narrative of colonialism into which writers of French expression do not neatly fit. In an insightful exploration of the work of five writers from lands formerly or currently ruled by France_Algeria, Cambodia, Guiana, Madagascar, and Mali_Serrano demonstrates the rewards of research that engages in textual analysis within its historical and literary context. He deftly argues against the relevance of a homogenizing critical practice; considering these writers Opostcolonial,O he claims, is to misunderstand their aesthetic strategies for survival in the face of French colonialism and modernism. Scholars of Francophone literature, postcolonial studies, and world literature will relish SerranoOs lively invitation to debate and masterful analysis of five brilliant artists.
Richard Serrano is associate professor in the Department of French, Program in Comparative Literature, Program in Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for African Studies at Rutgers University.
Title:Against the Postcolonial: 'Francophone' Writers at the Ends of the French EmpireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.24 × 6.25 × 0.79 inPublished:August 4, 2005Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739110713

ISBN - 13:9780739110713


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Africans to Their Posts: Yambo Ouologuem's Postmodern Parody of the Postcolonial Chapter 3 Words of the Tribe: Rabearivelo's Mallarmé in Madagascar Chapter 4 Jean Amrouche and the Ends of L'Algérie Française Chapter 5 Makhali-Phal and the Perils of Métissage Chapter 6 Léon-Gontran Damas and the Invasion of Senegal Chapter 7 Postlude as Palinode - Almost

Editorial Reviews

Serrano's book is an engaging and challenging critical work that calls for a reevaluation of Postcolonial and Francophone Studies, as well as a revision of the relationship between the different constituencies of the French Empire.