From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, by Thérèse Migraine-George

By Thérèse Migraine-George

In 2007 the French newspaper Le Monde released a manifesto titled “Toward a ‘World Literature’ in French,” signed by way of forty-four writers, many from France’s former colonies. Proclaiming that the francophone label encompassed those who had little in universal notwithstanding all of them spoke French, the manifesto’s proponents, the so-called francophone writers themselves, sought to energise a conflict cry opposed to the discriminatory results and prescriptive claims of francophonie.

In one of many first books to review the circulation clear of the time period “francophone” to “world literature in French,” Thérèse Migraine-George engages a literary research of up to date works in exploring the tensions and theoretical debates surrounding global literature in French. She specializes in works by means of a various workforce of up to date French-speaking writers who straddle continents—Nina Bouraoui, Hélène Cixous, Maryse Condé, Marie NDiaye, Tierno Monénembo, and Lyonel Trouillot. What those writers have in universal past their use of French is their resistance to the centralizing energy of a language, their rejection of unique definitions, and their declare for artistic autonomy.

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