Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism

Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism

by Alec Hargreaves
     
 

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Long repressed following the collapse of empire, memories of the French colonial experience have recently gained unprecedented visibility. In popular culture, scholarly research, personal memoirs, public commemorations, and new ethnicities associated with the settlement of postcolonial immigrant minorities, the legacy of colonialism is now more apparent in France than

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Long repressed following the collapse of empire, memories of the French colonial experience have recently gained unprecedented visibility. In popular culture, scholarly research, personal memoirs, public commemorations, and new ethnicities associated with the settlement of postcolonial immigrant minorities, the legacy of colonialism is now more apparent in France than at any time in the past. How is this upsurge of interest in the colonial past to be explained? Does the commemoration of empire necessarily imply glorification or condemnation? To what extent have previously marginalized voices succeeded in making themselves heard in new narratives of empire? While veils of secrecy have been lifted, what taboos still remain and why? These are among the questions addressed by an international team of leading researchers in this interdisciplinary volume, which will interest scholars in a wide range of disciplines including French studies, history, literature, cultural studies, and anthropology.

Editorial Reviews

Research in African Literatures
This collection, an insightful addition to the scholarship on memories of the French Empire, reaches beyond the confines of French and francophone studies as some contributions draw parallels between France's colonial history and the United States' current policies.
CHOICE
Every essay is accessible, and the collection as a whole serves as a fine introduction to French postcolonial studies. Summing Up: Recommended.
January 2010 H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
He has skillfully edited and assembled fourteen essays. . . . Valuable and well worth reading. . . . As for Memory and Postcolonialism, one must complilment the compiler/editor for the very logical and coherent way he has assembled a set of disparate conference papers so as to create a coherent monograph.
University Of Nebraska Press
To conclude, these essays are generally strong and those working on the Maghreb... will be appreciative....this series of essays represents significant work.
Nineteenth-Century French Studies
Edited by Alec G. Hargreaves, Memory, Empire, and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism seeks to analyze and unravel the complex relationship that exists between past and present French cultural memory, identity, and national politics in the postcolonial era of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries....I highly recommend this book to scholars and students whose research focuses on the French colonization, postcolonial France, immigration, and the Algerian War. In addition, this volume will be equally beneficial to individuals studying slavery, the use of torture, and the numerous human rights violations that are the direct result of colonial empires.
Dr. Danielle Marx-Scouras
At a time when France is in the throes of dealing with the politics of memory and coming to grips with its multicultural identity, this rich collection of essays painstakingly reminds us how much its destiny is linked to its colonial legacy. The fourteen essays cover a lot of ground, both geographically and historically; dealing with recent commemorations such as the 40th anniversary of the Algerian war, the 150th anniversary of the French abolitionary decree, and the bicentennial of the Haitian revolution, and more generally with the diverse guises that the colonial past assumes as it informs literary, cultural and historical manifestations from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe . . . This welcome addition to French and postcolonial studies will be of great interest to historians and literary scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739157688
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France , #113
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Alec G. Hargreaves is Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University.

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