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Francophone Literatures By Belinda Jack (Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Summary

The canon of French literature has undergone substantial transformation in recent years and francophone literature is now an increasingly important element in French literature courses. This study considers important texts from French speaking countries worldwide.

Francophone Literatures Summary

Francophone Literatures: An Introductory Survey by Belinda Jack (Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Birkbeck College, University of London)

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 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 from rich 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, demanding new 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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enjoys the advantage of an outsider's stance, able to focus on the interplay, indeed 'the tensions between the francophone, on the one hand, and the national, regional, or other affiliations' of these literatures. ... the book encompasses an enormous range of information. ... Jack has opened up many promising paths. She deserves congratulation for her conscientious work. * Wasafiri, no.25, Spring 1997 *
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 offers the reader the welcome convenience of having all the francophone literatures presented in one book. * Beatrice Mulala, Research in African Literatures *

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GOR011110034
9780198715061
0198715064
Francophone Literatures: An Introductory Survey by Belinda Jack (Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Lecturer and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of French, Birkbeck College, University of London)
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Oxford University Press
1996-09-05
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