The Francophone World: Cultural Issues and Perspectives

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Pub. Date: 2003-03-01
Publisher(s): Peter Lang Pub Inc
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"The Francophone World: Cultural Issues and Perspectives introduces readers to French-speaking communities across the globe and offers a perspective on the cultures that have developed in the wake of French exploration and colonization. This book explores the French influence in West Africa, the diversity of cultures within the Caribbean, the Francophone communities of North America, and the plight of North African immigrants living in France. Through these interdisciplinary essays and the discussion questions that follow them, readers can examine such wide-ranging topics as the media in Francophone West Africa, the special status of women writers in Senegal, and the mix of cultures in Martinique and French Guiana. This book also highlights the transition into modernity in Burkina Faso, the theater of Aime Cesaire, literature and culture in Quebec, and the French presence in the northeastern United States.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Francophone Issues in West Africap. 9
Media and Cultures in Francophone West Africa: Journalists, Chiefs, Elders, and Marginalsp. 11
Tradition, Modernity, and the Clash of Cultures in African Society: The Example of Burkina Fasop. 31
The Special Status of Senegal and the Emergence of Women Writersp. 49
Francophone Issues in North Africa and Francep. 67
North Africans in France: A Crisis in Cultural Identity--Tahar Ben Jelloun's Les Raisins de la galerep. 69
Francophone Issues in the Caribbeanp. 89
Martinique: Culture and Identityp. 91
Staging Decolonization: The Theater of Aime Cesairep. 105
South America's "Guyane": Model of Francophone Diversityp. 121
Francophone Issues in North Americap. 143
"Je me souviens": Quebec's Literary and Linguistic Journeyp. 145
The Francophone Presence in the Northeastern United Statesp. 161
Contributorsp. 173
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