Transnational French Studies
Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
In 2007 Le Monde published a “Manifesto for a World Literature.” Signed by a multinational group of authors—many from former French colonies—the manifesto has drawn mixed reactions. Praised by some for breaking down the hierarchical division between French and Francophone literature, it has been criticized by others for reestablishing that division through the exoticism of the Francophone body of work. In Transnational French Studies, leading scholars address this debate and assess the wider question of the evolving status of French, Francophone, and postcolonial studies amid the challenges of globalization.
Introduction: What does Littérature-monde Mean for French, Francophone and Postcolonial Studies?
Alec G. Hargreaves, Charles Forsdick and David Murphy
From World Literature to Littérature-monde: Genre, History and the Globalization of Literature
Francophone World Literature (Littérature-monde), Cosmopolitanism and Decadence: ‘Citizen of the World’ without the Citizen?
From Weltliteratur to World Literature to Littérature-monde: The History of a Controversial Concept
Littérature-monde in the Marketplace of Ideas: A Theoretical Discussion
The Postcolonial Manifesto: Partisanship, Criticism and the Performance of Change
Postcolonialism, Politics and the 'Becoming-Transnational' of French Studies
‘On the Abolition of the French Department’? Exploring the Disciplinary Contexts of Littérature-monde
Francophonie: Trash or Recycle?
(Not) Razing the Walls: Glissant, Trouillot and the Post-Politics of World ‘Literature’
The ‘Marie NDiaye Affair’ or the Coming of a Postcolonial Evoluée
Thomas C. Spear
Littérature-monde and Old/New Humanism
Littérature-monde, or Redefining Exotic Literature?
From Littérature voyageuse to Littérature-monde via Migrant Literatures: Towards an Ethics and Poetics of Littérature-monde through French-Australian Literature
Littérature-monde and the Space of Translation, or, Where is Littérature-monde?
Littérature-monde or Littérature océanienne? Internationalism versus Regionalism in Francophone Pacific Writing
The World and the Mirror in Two Twenty-first-Century Manifestos: ‘Pour une “littérature-monde" en français’ and ‘Qui fait la France?’
The Post-Genocidal African Subject: Patrice Nganang, Achille Mbembe and the Worldliness of the Contemporary African Literature in French
Afterword: The ‘World’ in World Literature
Appendix: Toward a 'World-Literature' in French
Notes on Contributors