Francophone intellectuals writing in the lead-up to the decolonisation were faced with an impossible dilemma. How could they redefine their culture, and the 'humanity' they felt had been denied by the colonial project, in terms that did not replicate the French thinking by which they were formed? Figures such as Senghor, Césaire, Fanon, Amrouche, Feraoun and Kateb were all educated, indeed immersed, in French culture and language, yet they intervened forcefully in political debates surrounding decolonisation and sought to contribute to the reinvention of local cultures in a gesture of resistance to the ongoing French presence. Despite their pivotal role during this period of upheaval, then, their project was fraught with tensions that form the focus of this study. In particular, these writers reflected on the relation between universality and particularity in intellectual work, and struggled to avoid the traps associated with an over-investment in either domain. They also all learned from metropolitan French humanist thought but strove continually to reinvent that humanism so as to account for colonised experience and culture. Their work also readdresses the ongoing question of the relation between literature or culture and politics, and testifies to a moment of intense dialogue, and potential conflict, between contrasting but complementary spheres of activity.
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Series:||Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP Series , #33|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Jane Hiddleston is Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Exeter College. Publications include Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria (Liverpool University Press,2006); Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality: The Anxiety of Theory (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and as co-editor Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form (Liverpool University Press, 2011).
Table of Contents
1. Léopold Sédar Senghor: Politician and Poet between Hybridity and Solitude
2. Aimé Césaire: From Poetic Insurrection to Humanist Ethics
3. Frantz Fanon: Experiments in Collective Identity
4. Jean El-Mouhoub Amrouche: The Universal Intellectual?
5. Mouloud Feraoun: Postcolonial Realism, or, the Intellectual as Witness
6. Kateb Yacine: Poetry and Revolution