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Calixthe Beyala: Performances of Migration

Nicki Hitchcott


The most successful female writer from Francophone Africa, Calixthe Beyala occupies an unusual place in French literary and popular culture. Her novels are bestsellers and she appears regularly on French television, yet a conviction for plagiarism has tarnished her reputation. Thus, she is both an ‘authentic’ African author and a proven literary ‘fake’. This book considers representations of Beyala in the media, critical responses to her writing, and Beyala's efforts to position herself as a champion of women's rights. The book pays equal attention to Beyala's novels, tracing their exploration ... More

Keywords: Francophone Africa, Calixthe Beyala, plagiarism, women's rights, migration, personal identity, French literary culture, French popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310287
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312724


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicki Hitchcott, author