Postcolonial Realms of Memory

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Postcolonial Realms of Memory

Sites and Symbols in Modern France

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 68

2020

February 7th, 2020

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Recognized as one of the most influential studies of memory in the late twentieth century, Pierre Nora’s monumental project Les Lieux de mémoire has been celebrated for its elaboration of a ground-breaking paradigm for rethinking the relationship between the nation, territory, history and memory. It has also, however, been criticized for implying a narrow perception of national memory from which the legacy of colonialism was excluded. Driven by an increasingly critical postcolonial discourse on French historiography and fuelled by the will to acknowledge the relevance of the colonial in the making of modern and contemporary France, the present volume intends to address in a collective and sustained manner this critical gap by postcolonializing the French Republic’s lieux de mémoire. The various chapters discern and explore an initial repertoire of realms and sites in France and the so-called Outremer that crystalize traces of colonial memory, while highlighting its inherent dialectical relationship with firmly instituted national memory. By making visible the invisible thread that links the colonial to various manifestations of French heritage, the objective is to bring to the fore the need to anchor the colonial in a collective memory that has often silenced it, and to foster new readings of the past as it is represented, remembered and inscribed in the nation’s collective imaginary.

Reviews

'Written by recognized experts across a rich inter-disciplinary field, this is a hugely impressive survey of the problematic of postcolonial memory in both mainland France and les Outre-mer.'
Alec G Hargreaves, Florida State University

'This is an important and informative volume which will be a very useful addition to Francophone postcolonial studies.'
Bill Marshall, University of Stirling

Author Information

Etienne Achille is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Villanova University. Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. Lydie Moudileno is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of French and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
Acknowledgements9
Introduction: Postcolonizing lieux de mémoire11
Institutions31
Archives33
L’École républicaine44
La Sorbonne54
The Clamart Salon65
Literary Prestige73
Territory81
Regions/Province83
Borders95
Banlieues111
17 October 1961119
Marseille129
The Mediterranean138
Monuments147
Fort de Joux149
La Case créole158
Memorials and Museums169
Slavery Memorials177
The Memorial ACTe196
The Abolition of Slavery205
Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration214
Displacement/Mobility225
Le Bagne227
Rivesaltes237
Ouvéa246
BUMIDOM254
Les Sans-papiers265
Bodies277
Colonial Exhibitions279
Les Tirailleurs sénégalais300
Colonial Heroes308
Jeanne Duval317
Women’s Rights324
Words and Images335
French Language337
Anti-colonialism344
Children’s Literature353
Post and the Postage Stamp361
Colonial Photography370
The Everyday381
Vine and Wine383
Couscous393
Toys404
Bande dessinée413
Sport421
Index431