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AutofictionA Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile$
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Antonia Wimbush

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800859913

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800859913.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Beyond Exile and the Limitations of Postcolonial Paradigms in Francophone Women’s Writing

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(p.1) Introduction
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Autofiction
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Antonia Wimbush

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800859913.003.0001

Offering an overview of the project’s aims and scope, the introductory chapter seeks to explore what exile signifies for a set of contemporary women authors whose origins lie in a geographically diverse cross-section of the francophone world. The chapter sets up an examination of how the six women writers from distinct geographic areas, but who are united by the legacy of French colonialism, depict the experience of migration, paying particular attention to their status as relatively privileged individuals. It considers the terms and vocabulary of migration in detail before examining the postcolonial strategies of resistance and resilience appropriated and challenged by the six authors. The chapter then outlines the metaphorical approach to exile taken throughout the book. Exile is understood as a sense of otherness, shaped by lived experiences of gender, race and class, amongst other factors.

Keywords:   Exile, Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism, Otherness, Identity, Gender, Linguistic exile, Intersectionality

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