Francophone Literatures: An Introductory Survey

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byBelinda Jack

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The canon of French literature has been the subject of much debate and now increasingly francophone literatures are demanding more attention in student French literature courses. The first study in English of francophone literatures, this book introduces the diverse bodies of texts in Frenchfrom the numerous French-speaking areas around the world, with separate sections covering Africa, French Canada, the Creole Islands, and Europe, and will provide students at both undergraduate and 'A' level with a comprehensive introductory survey of the subject. Francophone literatures emerge fromrich bi- and multi-lingual cultures in part as colonial legacies. They also challenge the monopoly of the French literary tradition. This introductory survey celebrates the linguistic difference of such texts and the creative possibilities offered by deviance from an established tradition, demandingnew critical approaches. The texts studied here cast a new light upon French literature in terms of their diverse perspectives upon writing, history, politics, and culture, their violent rewritings, subversive versions and parodies sometimes forming an elaborate pastiche of celebrated French texts.Guides to further reading, a select bibliography, and an extensive index combine to make the book an extremely readable introductory overview of a hitherto little explored area.

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The canon of French literature has been the subject of much debate and now increasingly francophone literatures are demanding more attention in student French literature courses. The first study in English of francophone literatures, this book introduces the diverse bodies of texts in Frenchfrom the numerous French-speaking areas aroun...

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The canon of French literature has been the subject of much debate and now increasingly francophone literatures are demanding more attention in student French literature courses. The first study in English of francophone literatures, this book introduces the diverse bodies of texts in French from the numerous French-speaking areas arou...

Belinda Jack is at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198715064

ISBN - 13:9780198715061

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Table of Contents

PART 1. EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA1. Belgium2. Switzerland3. Quebec and French CanadaGuide to Further ReadingPART II. CREOLE ISLANDS4. Antilles and French Guiana. 5. Haiti6. Mauritius7. La ReunionGuide to Further ReadingPART III. NORTH AFRICA AND THE NEAR EASTThe Maghreb8. Algeria9. Morocco10. Tunisia11. Egypt12. LebanonGuide to Further ReadingPART IV. SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND MADAGASCAR13. Sub-Saharan Africa14. MadagascarGuide to Further ReadingConclusionSelect Bibliography

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`As an introductory survey to francophone literatures, Belinda Jack's book provides the reader with a broad overview of the subject... Jack's book is pleasant to read, thanks to a straightforward style of writing and a smooth flow of ideas from one paragraph to the next... Jack's survey offersthe reader the welcome convenience of having all the francophone literatures presented in one book.'Beatrice Mulala, Research in African Literatures