Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism

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Indiana University Press, 2013 - Political Science - 329 pages
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Africa and France reveals how increased control over immigration has changed cultural and social production, especially in theatre, literature, film, and even museum construction. A hated of foreigners, accompanied by new forms of intolerance and racism, has crept from policy into popular expressions of ideas about the postcolony and ethnic minorities. Dominic Thomas's stimulating and insightful analyses unravel the complex cultural and political realities of longstanding mobility between Africa and Europe and question the attempt at placing strict limits on what it means to be French or European. Thomas offers a sense of what must happen to bring about a renewed sense of integration and global Frenchness.

 

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Contents

France and the New World Order
1
The Quai Branly Museum
14
The National Center for the History of Immigration
42
National Identity and the Institutionalization of Xenophobia
59
4 Africa France and Eurafrica in the TwentyFirst Century
89
Contesteding Space in Diasporic Films 19552011
106
6 The Marie NDiaye Affair or the Coming of a Postcolonial évoluée
139
Literature and Migration
156
Migration and Grammar in the New Europe
169
The French banlieues in Words and Film
188
National Literatures World Literature and World Identities
215
Notes
231
Bibliography
277
Index
313
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Dominic Thomas is Professor of Comparative Literature and French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa (IUP, 2002) and Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism (IUP, 2007).

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