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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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‘Afro-française’: In-Between or Out of Sync?

‘Afro-française’: In-Between or Out of Sync?

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(p.89) Chapter Four ‘Afro-française’: In-Between or Out of Sync?
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Calixthe Beyala
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310287.003.0005

This chapter considers the implications of Calixthe Beyala's shifting identification from African to sometimes French through the ambiguous hyphenated identity of the ‘Afro-française.’ It examines whether the characters in Beyala's fiction reflect the incorporation of African immigrants into Frenchness or they reflect an immigrant identity that is permanently ‘out of sync’ with the host culture of France. It argues that Beyala's fiction deconstructs the very concept of home and that her uncertainty about where home is generates an ambivalence that is symptomatic of the experience of transculturation.

Keywords:   Calixthe Beyala, Afro-française, Frenchness, African immigrants, immigrant identity, France, host culture, transculturation

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