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Calixthe BeyalaPerformances of Migration$
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Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310287

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312724

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Calixthe Beyala Incorporated?

Calixthe Beyala Incorporated?

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(p.15) Chapter One Calixthe Beyala Incorporated?
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Calixthe Beyala
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310287.003.0002

This chapter examines the reception and representation of Calixthe Beyala and her writing and evaluates the extent to which she has been incorporated into majority ethnic culture in France. It suggests that the tensions that emerge between the postcolonial commodity that is Beyala and the expectations of her consumers are indicative of the enduring nature of colonial ideology. It also argues that the consecration of Beyala as a major francophone author is largely the result of the symbolic capital she has acquired as an exotic object rather than a great writer.

Keywords:   Calixthe Beyala, majority ethnic culture, France, postcolonial commodity, colonial ideology, francophone author, exotic object

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