Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 9


July 9th, 2018



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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France offers a critical assessment of the ways in which French writers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists descended from immigrants from former colonial territories bring their specificity to bear on the bounds and applicability of French republicanism, “Frenchness” and national identity, and contemporary cultural production in France. In mobilizing a range of approaches and methodologies pertinent to their specialist fields of inquiry, contributors to this volume share in the common objective of elucidating the cultural productions of what we are calling post-migratory (second- and third-generation) postcolonial minorities.
The volume provides a lens through which to query the dimensions of postcoloniality and transnationalism in relation to post-migratory postcolonial minorities in France and identifies points of convergence and conversation among them in the range of their cultural production. The cultural practitioners considered query traditional French high culture and its pathways and institutions; some emerge as autodidacts, introducing new forms of authorship and activism; they inflect French cultural production with different ‘accents’, some experimental and even avant-garde in nature. As the volume contributors show, though post-migratory postcolonial minorities sometimes express dis-settlement, they also provide an incisive view of social identities in France today and their own compelling visions for the future.

Author Information

Kathryn A. Kleppinger is Associate Professor of French Studies and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Laura Reeck is Professor of French and International Studies at Allegheny College.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Introduction: The Post-Migratory Postcolonial11
I. Generations and Designations31
Difference-Conscious Critical Media Engagement and the Communitarian Question33
Banlieue Writers: The Struggle for Literary Recognition through Collective Mobilization54
Francophone and Post-Migratory Afropeans within and beyond France Today70
II. Postmemory, or Telling the Past to the Present87
Un cinéma sans image: Palimpsestic Memory and the Lost History of Cambodian Film89
Vietnam by Removes: Storytelling and Postmemory in Minh Tran Huy106
Moving Beyond the Legacies of War in Second-Generation Harki Narratives122
III. Urban Cultures/Identities139
Redefining Frenchness through Urban Music and Literature: The Case of Rapper-Writers Abd al Malik and Disiz141
‘Double discours’: Critiques of Racism and Islamophobia in French Rap157
‘Beyond Ethnicity’ or a Return to Type? Bande de filles/Girlhood and the Politics of Blackness in Contemporary French Cinema176
IV. Imaginings in Visual Languages193
Somebody or Anybody? Hip-Hop Choreography and the Cultural Economy195
Mixed Couples in Contemporary French Cinema: Exploring New Representations of Diversity and Difference on the Big Screen212
‘Nos ancêtres n’étaient pas tous des Gaulois’: Post-Migration and Bande Dessinée229
Identity and ‘Difference’ in French Art: El Seed’s Calligraffiti from Street to Web249
Afterword: A Long Road to Travel267
About the Contributors285