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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France$
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Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941138

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.001.0001

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Banlieue Writers: the Struggle for Literary Recognition Through Collective Mobilization

Banlieue Writers: the Struggle for Literary Recognition Through Collective Mobilization

(p.44) Banlieue Writers: the Struggle for Literary Recognition Through Collective Mobilization
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Kaoutar Harchi

Jenny Money

Kathryn Kleppinger

Laura Reeck

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on processes of social categorization used in the French literary field to define authors born in France to postcolonial immigrant parents. In 2007, the collective 'Qui fait la France?' released a volume of short stories called Chroniques d’une société annoncée, prefaced by its manifesto that was also released to the popular press. Composed of authors self-identifying as having 'mixed identities', the collective aimed through the publication of their manifesto and short stories to transform French literature through narrating and recognizing the unique histories, suffering, and aspirations of ethnically diverse populations. Meanwhile, its reception demonstrated how judgments of artistic value for cultural production by French artists of postcolonial immigrant heritage reveal problems tied to the conditions, modalities, and process of categorizing literary production. Through a sociological reconstruction of the formal and subjective meanings that each individual (artist, journalist, publisher, producer, etc.) ascribes to his/her actions, this chapter exposes the various logics through which artistic labelling based on social criteria establishes hierarchies and categories that structure the French literary field.

Keywords:   Qui fait la France, sociology of literature, authorship, categorization, Bourdieu

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