Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, And Transnationalism by Dominic ThomasBlack France: Colonialism, Immigration, And Transnationalism by Dominic Thomas

Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, And Transnationalism

byDominic Thomas

Paperback | November 20, 2006

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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 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.

Dominic Thomas is Professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa (IUP, 2002).
Title:Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, And TransnationalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:November 20, 2006Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253218810

ISBN - 13:9780253218810


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Translations

1. Introduction: Black France in Transcolonial Contexts
2. Francocentrism and the Acquisition of Cultural Capital
3. Textual Ownership and the Global Mediation of Blackness
4. Rhetorical Mediations of Slavery
5. Afro-Parisianism and African Feminisms
6. Fashion Matters: La sape and Vestimentary Codes in Transnational Contexts and Urban Diasporas
7. African Youth in the Global Economy


Editorial Reviews

"... 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