"[W]ithout a doubt one of the most important studies so far completed on literature in French grounded in the experiences of migrants of sub-Saharan African origin." -Alec Hargreaves, Florida State University
France has always hosted a rich and vibrant black presence within its borders. But recent violent events have raised questions about France's treatment of ethnic minorities. Challenging the identity politics that have set immigrants against the mainstream, Black France explores how black expressive culture has been reformulated as global culture in the multicultural and multinational spaces of France. Thomas brings forward questions such as-Why is France a privileged site of civilization? Who is French? Who is an immigrant? Who controls the networks of production? Black France poses an urgently needed reassessment of the French colonial legacy.
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"[W]ithout a doubt one of the most important studies so far completed on literature in French grounded in the experiences of migrants of sub-Saharan African origin." -Alec Hargreaves, Florida State UniversityFrance has always hosted a rich and vibrant black presence within its borders. But recent violent events have raised questions ab...
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Table of Contents
Preface and AcknowledgmentsNote on Translations
1. Introduction: Black France in Transcolonial Contexts2. Francocentrism and the Acquisition of Cultural Capital3. Textual Ownership and the Global Mediation of Blackness4. Rhetorical Mediations of Slavery5. Afro-Parisianism and African Feminisms6. Fashion Matters: La sape and Vestimentary Codes in Transnational Contexts and Urban Diasporas7. African Youth in the Global EconomyConclusion
"... a wide-ranging exploration of the literature of the black experience of France.... Particularly valuable is [Thomas's] examination of francophone African literature... Any library supporting programs in Francophone or African studies will want this scholarly but accessible book.... Recommended." -Choice