Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism

Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism : Legacies of French Colonialism

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Long repressed following the collapse of empire, memories of the French colonial experience have recently gained unprecedented visibility. In popular culture, scholarly research, personal memoirs, public commemorations, and new ethnicities associated with the settlement of postcolonial immigrant minorities, the legacy of colonialism is now more apparent in France than at any time in the past. How is this upsurge of interest in the colonial past to be explained? Does the commemoration of empire necessarily imply glorification or condemnation? To what extent have previously marginalized voices succeeded in making themselves heard in new narratives of empire? While veils of secrecy have been lifted, what taboos still remain and why? These are among the questions addressed by an international team of leading researchers in this interdisciplinary volume, which will interest scholars in a wide range of disciplines including French studies, history, literature, cultural studies, and more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • ill
  • 0739108212
  • 9780739108215
  • 941,254

About Alec Hargreaves

Alec G. Hargreaves is Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State more

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Every essay is accessible, and the collection as a whole serves as a fine introduction to French postcolonial studies. Summing Up: Recommended. CHOICE This collection, an insightful addition to the scholarship on memories of the French Empire, reaches beyond the confines of French and francophone studies as some contributions draw parallels between France's colonial history and the United States' current policies. Research in African Literatures To conclude, these essays are generally strong and those working on the Maghreb... will be appreciative...this series of essays represents significant work. University Of Nebraska Press He has skillfully edited and assembled fourteen essays... Valuable and well worth reading... As for Memory and Postcolonialism, one must complilment the compiler/editor for the very logical and coherent way he has assembled a set of disparate conference papers so as to create a coherent monograph. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, January 2010 At a time when France is in the throes of dealing with the politics of memory and coming to grips with its multicultural identity, this rich collection of essays painstakingly reminds us how much its destiny is linked to its colonial legacy. The fourteen essays cover a lot of ground, both geographically and historically; dealing with recent commemorations such as the 40th anniversary of the Algerian war, the 150th anniversary of the French abolitionary decree, and the bicentennial of the Haitian revolution, and more generally with the diverse guises that the colonial past assumes as it informs literary, cultural and historical manifestations from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe ... This welcome addition to French and postcolonial studies will be of great interest to historians and literary scholars. -- Dr. Danielle Marx-Scouras, The Ohio State University Edited by Alec G. Hargreaves, Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism seeks to analyze and unravel the complex relationship that exists between past and present French cultural memory, identity, and national politics in the postcolonial era of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries...I highly recommend this book to scholars and students whose research focuses on the French colonization, postcolonial France, immigration, and the Algerian War. In addition, this volume will be equally beneficial to individuals studying slavery, the use of torture, and the numerous human rights violations that are the direct result of colonial empires. Nineteenth-Century French Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 North America and the Caribbean Chapter 3 Slavery and Commemoration: Remembering the French Abolitionary Decree 150 Years Later Chapter 4 A Singular Revolution Chapter 5 The Past is passe: Time and Memory in Maryse Conde's La Belle Creole Chapter 6 France and the French in Collective Memory of the Acadians Part 7 Africa and Asia Chapter 8 Film and Colonial Memory: La Croisiere Noire 1924-2004 Chapter 9 Trespass of Memory: The French-Indochina War as World War II Chapter 10 Memory and Continuity: The Resistance, the Algerian War, and the Jeanson Network Chapter 11 Intimate Acts and Unspeakable Relations: Remembering Torture and the War for Algerian Independence Chapter 12 Revisiting Ghosts: Louisette Ighilahriz and the Remembering of Torture Chapter 13 The Poetics of Memory in Assia Djebar'sLa Femme sans sepulture: A Study in Paradoxes Chapter 14 A Literature without a Name: Rene-Nicolas Ehni's Algerie roman Part 15 Postcolonial Migration Chapter 16 Decolonizing the Past: Re-visions of History and Memory and the Evolution of a (Post)Colonial Heritage Chapter 17 The Algerian War Revisited Chapter 18 France and Algeria: Performing the "Impossible Memory" of a Shared Pastshow more

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