France and "Indochina"

France and "Indochina" : Cultural Representations

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At the intersection of literary, cultural, and postcolonial studies, this volume looks at French perceptions of 'Indochina' as they are conveyed through a variety of media including cinema, literature, art, and historical or anthropological writings. The volume is long awaited, as France's memory of 'Indochina' is understudied compared to its relationship with its former colonies in West and North Africa. The book has contemporary urgency as the makeup of France's immigrant population changes and grows to include Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotioan populations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108409
  • 9780739108406

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France and "Indochina" is a richly suggestive exploration of the cultural dynamics of an unduly neglected part of France's former colonial empire. Its interdisciplinary optic opens up many new perspectives on French Indochina and its postcolonial aftermath, throwing valuable light on a wide range of cultural forms, including architecture, literature and film. -- Alec Hargreaves, Florida State University This collection is a valuable contribution to studies of the French colonial encounter with Indochina, of cultural representations and, more widely, of colonial discourse. International Journal Of Francophone Studies This outstanding collection combines contributions from established scholars of Francophone South-East Asia with the work of some of the most talented and original new researchers in the field. The volume explores the representation and reality of colonial Indochina and also offers an introduction to some of the most innovative Francophone writers and filmmakers of the contemporary Indochinese diaspora. By pairing rigorous historical inquiry with original cultural, literary and theoretical analyses, the essays collected here reveal the complex, ambivalent connections linking France and Indochina, as well as the postcolonial legacies of the contacts and conflicts on which these connections depend. -- Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
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About Kathryn Robson

Kathryn Robson is lecturer in the School of Modern Languages, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. Jennifer Yee is lecturer at the University of Oxford (Christ Church).
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Monuments and Memory Chapter 3 Taj Angkor: Enshrining l'Inde in le Cambodge Chapter 4 Representing Indochinese Sacrifice: The Temple du Souvenir Indochinois of Nogent-sur-Marne Part 5 Transport Networks Chapter 6 Lines of Communication in: The Thematics of Direction and Strategies of Narration in Colonial Indochina Chapter 7 Automobiles and Anomie in French Colonial Indochina Part 8 Tropical Angst? Chapter 9 Disturbing the Colonial Order: Dystopia and Disillusionment in Indochina Chapter 10 Of le Cafard and Other Tropical Threats: Disease and White Colonial Culture in Indochina Part 11 Women in and against Empire Chapter 12 French Women and the Empire Chapter 13 Vietnamese New Women and the Fashioning of Modernity Part 14 Screening Indochina Chapter 15 Camille's Breasts: The Evolution of the Fantasy Native in Regis Wargnier's Indochine Chapter 16 Tranh Anh Hung as Diasporic Filmaker Part 17 Writing Indochina Chapter 18 From Incest to Exile: Linda Le and the Incestuous Vietnamese Immigrants Chapter 19 "Cholen, la capitale chinoise de l'Indochine francaise": Rereading Marguerite Duras's (Indo)Chinese Space Chapter 20 Playing Hardball: Linda Le's Les Trois Parques Chapter 21 Jean Hougron's Indochina: Fantasy and Disillusionment
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