Africa and France

Africa and France : Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism

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Africa and France reveals how increased control over immigration has changed cultural and social production, especially in theatre, literature, film, and even museum construction. A hated of foreigners, accompanied by new forms of intolerance and racism, has crept from policy into popular expressions of ideas about the postcolony and ethnic minorities. Dominic Thomas's stimulating and insightful analyses unravel the complex cultural and political realities of longstanding mobility between Africa and Europe and question the attempt at placing strict limits on what it means to be French or European. Thomas offers a sense of what must happen to bring about a renewed sense of integration and global Frenchness.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253006694
  • 9780253006691

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Africa and France is a noteworthy contribution to our current understanding of the impact of globalization on discussions of national identity and the construction of frameworks of social belonging.46.1 Spring 2015 * Research in African Literatures * [A]n impressive piece of scholarship . . . well written. Therefore, I strongly recommend it to university libraries, academic departments in the field of French studies, and scholars and students of African studies.Winter 2015 * Africa Today * Africa and France . . . is a tour de force, a thorough analysis in which Thomas examines the French empire, culture, and society as a single unit of analysis. . . . This book is a tremendous contribution and must-read for students of francophone studies, diaspora studies, and postcolonial studies. * Journal of African History * Africa and France constitutes essential reading for anyone investigating the debates surrounding contemporary French identity and the ever-changing relationship between France and her former colonial possessions. * African Studies Bulletin * [This book's] astonishing breadth and documentation make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in France's colonial legacy today. * Intl Journal of African Historical Studies *show more

About Dominic Thomas

Dominic Thomas is Professor of Comparative Literature and 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) and Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism (IUP, 2007).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: France and the New World Order1. Museology and Globalization: The Quai Branly Museum2. Object/Subject Migration: The National Centre for the History of Immigration 3. Sarkozy's Law: National Identity and the Institutionalization of Xenophobia4. Africa, France, and Eurafrica in the Twenty-First Century5. From mirage to image: Contest(ed)ing Space in Diasporic Films (19552011)6. The "Marie NDiaye Affair," or the Coming of a Postcolonial evoluee7. The Euro-Mediterranean: Literature and Migration8. Into the European "Jungle": Migration and Grammar in the New Europe9. Documenting the Periphery: The French banlieues in Words and Film10. Decolonizing France: National Literatures, World Literature, and World IdentitiesNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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