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Decolonising the IntellectualPolitics, Culture, and Humanism at the End of the French Empire$
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Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380321

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380321.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Decolonising the Intellectual

Jane Hiddleston

Liverpool University Press

The Introduction begins by exploring the evolution of France's policy of assimilation before charting its effects on francophone intellectuals. This introduction to the problems and paradoxes of anti-colonial humanism is then juxtaposed with an exploration of conceptions of intellectual work in twentieth-century France: the figures explored in the study evidently both engage with, and depart from, the sorts of work carried out by Sartre and Camus. Finally, the Introduction discusses the fraught status of the role of literature in contemporary postcolonial studies, and suggests that the period leading up to decolonisation generated both a particularly intense and, at times, a particularly conflicted dialogue between the literary and the political.

Keywords:   Colonialism, Assimilation, Intellectual, Francophone, literature

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