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Revisioning French Culture

Andrew Sobanet


Revisioning French Culture brings together a striking group of leading intellectuals and scholars to explore new avenues of research in French and Francophone Studies. Covering the medieval period through the twenty-first century, this volume presents investigations into a vast array of subjects. Revisioning French Culture grapples with topics vital to the contemporary cultural landscape, including universalism, globalization, the idea of Francophonie, and religious and secular identity. This essay collection furthermore transcends and illuminates the contemporary by exploring matters that hav ... More

Keywords: France, Culture, Francophonie, History, Politics, Literature, Philosophy, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620207
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Sobanet, editor

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Front Matter


Andrew Sobanet

I. France in Perspective: The Hexagon, Francophonie, Europe

Chapter 1 The Metamorphosis

Pierre Nora, translated by David Andrew Jones

Chapter 4 A European Culture Exists

Julia Kristeva, translated by David Andrew Jones

II. Visions of the World Wars, or L’Histoire avec sa grande hache

Chapter 5 Death Drives

Freud and Proust

Chapter 6 Foreigners and Strangers

Susan Rubin Suleiman

III. Refractions and Reflections

Chapter 11 Osnabrück Station to Jerusalem

Hélène Cixous, translated by Peggy Kamuf

IV. French Literature, Revisioned

Chapter 13 What’s in a Word?

Stephen G. Nichols

V. The Subject in Focus

Chapter 17 Internal Senses and the History of the Western Subject

Georges Vigarello, translated by David Andrew Jones

VI. Philosophical Lenses

Chapter 20 ‘African philosophy’ The History of an Expression

Souleymane Bachir Diagne, translated by Jonathan Adjemian

Chapter 21 Making History or Preventing the World from Unraveling

François Hartog, translated by John Finkelberg

Chapter 22 Philosophy and Contemporary Reality Beyond the Event?

Etienne Balibar, translated by Alexander Hertich

VII. Coda

Chapter 24 For Lawrence Kritzman

Pierre Nora, translated by Kylie Sago

Chapter 25 To Larry Kritzman

Julia Kristeva, translated by David Andrew Jones