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Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World$
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Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319808

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Introduction: Situating Francophone Postcolonial Thought

Introduction: Situating Francophone Postcolonial Thought

(p.1) Introduction: Situating Francophone Postcolonial Thought
Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World
Charles Forsdick, David Murphy
Liverpool University Press

This book explores the complexity of the ‘afterlives’ of French colonialism, from the uneven relations between France and its former colonies to the possibility for relationships between intellectuals from former colonised cultures. It analyses postcolonial thought in French-speaking countries in relation to some of the social, cultural, political, and intellectual contexts that gave rise to it, and considers academic and intellectual debates on the ‘postcolonial’ in France, along with some of the specific incidents that have contributed to this debate. Part I of the book looks at the work of twelve key Francophone thinkers: Jacques Derrida, Jean-Paul Sartre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Assia Djebar, Frantz Fanon, Édouard Glissant, Aimé Césaire, Maryse Condé, Albert Memmi, V. Y. Mudimbe, Ho Chi Minh, and Abdelkébir Khatibi. Part II discusses Francophone postcolonial thought and how it is expressed in fiction, poetry, film, and historiography.

Keywords:   France, colonialism, intellectuals, French-speaking countries, postcolonial thought, Jacques Derrida, fiction, poetry, film, historiography

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