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Packaging Post / Coloniality : The Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World

Packaging Post / Coloniality : The Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0739108567

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ISBN13: 978-0739108567
ISBN10: 0739108565
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Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Lexington Books
Published: 2005
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Packaging Post / Coloniality : The Manufacture of Literary Identity in the Francophone World - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0739108567

Richard Watts

ISBN13: 978-0739108567
ISBN10: 0739108565
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Lexington Books

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

In Packaging Post/Coloniality, Richard Watts breaks from convention and reads Francophone books by their covers, focusing on the package over the content. Watts looks at the ways that the "paratext"--the covers, illustrations, promotional summaries, epigraphs, dedications, and prefaces or forewords that enclose the text--mediates creative works by writers from sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia whose place in the French literary institution was and remains a source of conflict. In order to be acceptable for French bookstore shelves, the novels, essays, and collections of poetry created in colonial territories were deemed to need explanation and sponsorship by an authority in the field.

Watts finds the French mission civilisatrice, or "civilizing mission," manifest in prefaces, introductions, and dedications inserted in the books that appeared in the metropole during the height of French imperialism. In the postcolonial era, book packaging reveals a struggle to reverse the power dynamic: Francophone writers introduced each others' texts, yet books still appeared with covers promoting stereotypical images of the Francophone world. This fascinating journey through a particular cultural history of the book is a unique take on the quest for a literary identity. Watts concludes his study by looking at English mediations of Francophone works, with a chapter on reading and teaching Francophone literature in translation.

Table of Contents

The Colonial Paratext and Its Imperial Desires
Black Text, White Masks: The Colonial Paratext in Sub-Saharan Africa
"The Felicitous Graft:" Hybridity and Anxiety in Indochina and North Africa
The Textual Histories of Decolonization
Senghor and Sartre between the Colonial and the Postcolonial
Aimé Césaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal and Its Displacements
Postcolonial Transfigurations of the Books
Glissant, Lopes, and the Ambivalence of the Postcolonial Paratext
Gender and the Paratext
Reading and Teaching Francophone Literatures in Translation

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