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The French Dimension

Margaret A. Majumdar

336 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-252-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 2007)

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“Postcolonial theory” has become one of the key issues of scholarly debates worldwide; debates, so the author argues, which have become rather sterile and are characterized by a repetitive reworking of old hackneyed issues, focussing on cultural questions of language and identity in particular. Gradually, a gulf has emerged between Anglophone and Francophone thinking in this area. The author investigates the causes for the apparent stagnation that has overtaken much of the current debate and explores the particular characteristics of French global strategy and cultural policy, as well as the divergent responses to current debates on globalization. Outlining in particular the contribution of thinkers such as Césaire, Senghor, Memmi, Sartre and Fanon to the worldwide development of anti-imperialist ideas, she offers a critical perspective on the ongoing difficulties of France’s relationship with its colonial and postcolonial Others and suggests new lines of thought that are currently emerging in the Francophone world, which may have the capacity to take these debates.

Margaret A. Majumdar is Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth and former Honorary Secretary of the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France. Her books include Francophone Studies: The Essential Glossary (Arnold 2003), Transition and Development in Algeria: Economic, Social and Cultural Challenges, co-edited with Mohammed Saad (Intellect 2005), Althusser and the End of Leninism? (Pluto 1995).

Subject: Colonialism
Area: France

LC: JV1811 .M34 2007

BL: YC.2007.a.15594

BISAC: POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Colonialism & Post-Colonialism; SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Developing Countries

BIC: HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism; GTF Development studies




Chapter 1. French Discourses of Empire
Chapter 2. The European Legacy
Chapter 3. Race and Resistance
Chapter 4. The Subversion of Colonial Ideology: Jean-Paul Sartre
Chapter 5. The Nation in the National Liberation Struggle
Chapter 6. National Consciousness: History and Culture
Chapter 7. The Battleground of Language and the Changing Discourse of Francophonie
Chapter 8. The Loss of Empire: French Perspectives
Chapter 9. The Postcolonial State: Problems of Development
Chapter 10. The Other Within
Chapter 11. Postcoloniality: the French Dimension?


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