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At the intersection of literary, cultural, and postcolonial studies, this volume looks at French perceptions of Indochina as they are conveyed through a variety of media including cinema, literature, art, and historical or anthropological writings. The volume is long awaited, as France's memory of Indochina is understudied compared to its relationship with its former colonies in West and North Africa. The book has contemporary urgency as the makeup of France's immigrant population changes and grows to include Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotioan populations.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction 1(12)
Kathryn Robson and Jennifer Yee
Monuments and Memory
1. Taj Angkor: Enshrining l'Inde in le Cambodge
13(16)
Penny Edwards
2. Representing Indochinese Sacrifice: The Temple du Souvenir Indochinois of Nogent-sur-Marne
29(20)
Eric T. Jennings
Transport Networks
3. Lines of Communication: Thematics of Direction and Strategies of Narration in Colonial Indochina
49(14)
Christopher Robinson
4. Automobiles and Anomie in French Colonial Indochina
63(16)
David Del Testa
Tropical angst?
5. Disturbing the Colonial Order: Dystopia and Disillusionment in Indochina
79(16)
Nicola Cooper
6. Of le Cafard and Other Tropical Threats: Disease and White Colonial Culture in Indochina
95(12)
Michael G. Vann
Women in and against Empire
7. French Women and the Empire
107(14)
Marie-Paule Ha
8. Vietnamese New Women and the Fashioning of Modernity
121(18)
Judith Henchy
Screening Indochina
9. Camille's Breasts: The Evolution of the Fantasy Native in Régis Wargnier's Indochine
139(14)
Lily V. Chiu
10. Trân Anh Hùng as Diasporic Filmmaker
153(12)
Carrie Tarr
Writing Indochina
11. From Incest to Exile: Linda Lê and the Incestuous Vietnamese Immigrants
165(14)
Tess Do
12. "Cholen, la capitale chinoise de l'Indochine française": Rereading Marguerite Duras's (Indo)Chinese Novels
179(14)
Julia Waters
13. Playing Hardball: Linda Lê's Les Trois Parques
193(14)
Jane Bradley Winston
14. Jean Hougron's Indochina: Fantasy and Disillusionment
207(12)
Jack A. Yeager
Selected Bibliography 219(10)
Name Index 229(6)
Contributors' Details 235

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