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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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Conclusion: Survival in a Post-Exotic Age

Conclusion: Survival in a Post-Exotic Age

(p.137) Conclusion: Survival in a Post-Exotic Age
Calixthe Beyala
Liverpool University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about French African author Calixthe Beyala and her works. It discusses the ways Beyala positioned herself and her fiction within exoticist aesthetics and the different responses that these positioning have provoked. It highlights the ambivalence in Beyala's reception in France and suggests that her strategic exoticism is in fact a cynical response to her positioning in France. This chapter also considers politics of performance in the case of Beyala's opportunistic strategy for migrant identity and evaluates whether she and her fiction are merely promoting nothing more than a self-serving individualistic agenda.

Keywords:   Calixthe Beyala, exoticist aesthetics, ambivalence, strategic exoticism, politics of performance, migrant identity, individualistic agenda

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