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Title:Rethinking francophone culture: Africa and the Caribbean between history and theory
Author:Salhi, KamalISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:35
Issue:1
Pages:9-29
Language:English
Geographic terms:France
French-speaking Africa
Subjects:Negritude
Western culture
Creoles
culture contact
French language
literature
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v035/35.1salhi.pdf
Abstract:In the 19th and 20th centuries, large areas of the world were controlled by the French colonial power. As a select few from the indigenous peoples in these areas were educated in colonial schools, it was inevitable that French thought and theory then developing there would influence them in disharmony. They would explore, reinvent, and sometimes apply it to seek the liberation of their people from colonial rule. This paper analyses critical issues relating to Africa and the Caribbean as they rebound in the expression of their writing, and the discourses that have constructed models for interpretative approaches to theoretical frameworks for these writings. It highlights the most compelling, shared features of francophone postcolonial cultures and examines what these cultures have in common. Attention is paid to Valentin Yves Mudimbé, who has questioned the relevance of French theoretical knowledge for an African context; the Caribbean writers Edouard Glissant, Raphaël Confiant, Patrick Chamoiseau and Maryse Condé and their conception of Creolization; and the 'négritude' movement led by Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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