Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Other Poems

Published: July 22, 2015

Annette Smith and Dominic Thomas’s new translations of Aimé Césaire’s Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Solar Throat Slashed (poems deleted) expose to a new audience a pivotal figure in twentieth-century French literature. This collection presents the early and last stages of a po­et’s course, encapsulating in one volume Césaire’s entire literary career and creative evolution…

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Noirs d’encre

Published: July 22, 2015

Dans cet ouvrage original à plus d’un titre, Dominic Thomas explore les impacts sur les sociétés et populations africaines de la dissolution partielle des structures d’États-nations modernes en faveur de mécanismes économiques, juridiques et politiques supranationaux. Pour analyser les bouleversements qui ont résulté de la domination coloniale et postcoloniale, de l’affaiblissement de l’État-nation et de…

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Africa and France

Published: July 22, 2015

This stimulating and insightful book reveals how increased control over immigration has changed cultural and social production in theater, literature, and even museum construction. Dominic Thomas’s analysis unravels the complex cultural and political realities of long-standing mobility between Africa and Europe. Thomas questions the attempt to place strict limits on what it means to be…

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La France noire

Published: July 22, 2015

Le long cheminement de l’histoire des populations afro-antillaises en France a longtemps été absent des représentations de l’histoire de France, dont il est pourtant partie intégrante. C’est dire l’importance de ce livre, retraçant pour la première fois la formidable aventure qui a vu évoluer le regard de la France sur les Afro-Antillais à travers les…

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Museums in Postcolonial Europe

Published: July 22, 2015

The history of European nation-building and identity formation is inextricably connected with museums, and the role they play in displaying the acquired spoils and glorious symbols of geopolitical power in order to mobilize public support for expansionist ventures. This book examines the contemporary debate surrounding the museum in postcolonial Europe. Although there is no consensus…

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New Francophone African and Caribbean Theatres

Published: July 22, 2015

John Conteh-Morgan explores the multiple ways in which African and Caribbean theatres have combined aesthetic, ceremonial, experimental, and avant-garde practices in order to achieve sharp critiques of the nationalist and postnationalist state and to elucidate the concerns of the francophone world. More recent changes have introduced a transnational dimension, replacing concerns with national and ethnic…

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Black France

Published: July 22, 2015

France has always hosted a rich and vibrant black presence within its borders. But recent violent events have raised questions about France’s treatment of ethnic minorities. Challenging the identity politics that have set immigrants against the mainstream, Black France explores how black expressive culture has been reformulated as global culture in the multicultural and multinational…

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Nation-Building, Propaganda and Literature in Francophone Africa

Published: July 22, 2015

What characterizes the relationship between literature and the state? Should literature serve the needs of the state by constructing national consciousness, espousing state propaganda, and molding good citizens? Or should it be dedicated to a different kind of creative social endeavor? In this important book about literature and the politics of nation-building, Dominic Thomas assesses…

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Bloodless Genealogies of the French Middle Ages

Published: July 22, 2015

Bloodless Genealogies of the French Middle Ages: Translatio, Kinship, and Metaphor Zrinka Stahuljak reevaluates, in Old French literature and art, two concepts fundamental for the medieval period: genealogy and translatio. She argues that literary criticism has inherited the definition of genealogy developed by historians, wherein genealogy is defined as a bloodline linking fathers and sons from…

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Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes

Published: July 22, 2015

THINKING THROUGH CHRÉTIEN DE TROYES This co-written, multi-stranded book challenges assumptions about Chrétien as the author of a canon of works. In a series of lively exchanges, its five authors reassess the relationship between lyric and romance, between individuality and social conditions, and between psychology and medieval philosophy. The idea of “logical time” is used…

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