Writing Postcolonial France: Haunting, Literature, and the Maghreb by Fiona BarclayWriting Postcolonial France: Haunting, Literature, and the Maghreb by Fiona Barclay

Writing Postcolonial France: Haunting, Literature, and the Maghreb

byFiona Barclay

Hardcover | June 30, 2011

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This book examines the way in which France has failed to come to terms with the end of its empire, and is now haunted by the legacy of its colonial relationship with North Africa. It examines the form assumed by the ghosts of the past in fiction from a range of genres (travel writing, detective fiction, life writing, historical fiction, women's writing) produced within metropolitan France, and assesses whether moments of haunting may in fact open up possibilities for a renewed relational structure of cultural memory. By viewing metropolitan France through the prism of its relationship with its former colonies in North Africa, the book maps the complexities of contemporary France, demonstrating an emerging postcoloniality within France itself.
Fiona Barclay is lecturer in the school of languages, cultures, and religions at the University of Stirling.
Title:Writing Postcolonial France: Haunting, Literature, and the MaghrebFormat:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 9.41 × 6.53 × 0.76 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739145037

ISBN - 13:9780739145036


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Return of the Colonial in Le Clézio, Bona and Sebbar Chapter 3 Chapter 2: 17 October 1961: Haunting in Kettane, Sebbar, Maspero and Daeninckx Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Writing from Algeria: Haunted Narratives in Cardinal and Cixous Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Abjection: The Stranger Within in Prévost and Bouraoui Chapter 6 Afterword

Editorial Reviews

Through her careful analysis of a broad range of literary texts that connect France and the Maghreb, Barclay's book makes a key contribution to our understanding of the colonial ghosts that haunt postcolonial French literature, society and culture. Her detailed study of spectrality transcends geographical borders to challenge conventional narratives of contemporary metropolitan France and argues convincingly for the need to rethink the relationship between France and its former colonies.