A New Approach to Literary History
Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted within and outside of France's national boundaries, this volume offers a new way of looking at the history of a national literature, along with a truly global and contemporary understanding of language, literature, and culture.
The relationship between France's national territory and other regions of the world where French is spoken and written (most of them former colonies) has long been central to discussions of "Francophonie." Boldly expanding such discussions to the whole range of French literature, the essays in this volume explore spaces, mobilities, and multiplicities from the Middle Ages to today. They rethink literary history not in terms of national boundaries, as traditional literary histories have done, but in terms of a global paradigm that emphasizes border crossings and encounters with "others." Contributors offer new ways of reading canonical texts and considering other texts that are not part of the traditional canon. By emphasizing diverse conceptions of language, text, space, and nation, these essays establish a model approach that remains sensitive to the specificities of time and place and to the theoretical concerns informing the study of national literatures in the twenty-first century.
French Global marks a unique and innovative approach to the history of "French" literary studies. It is the great merit and originality of this volume to propose an open, cross-cultural narrative of the heterogeneity that has always been a part of French literary production. This book is a welcome reference tool that offers students of French a useful guide to an alternative reading of French literature and literary history.
Mitchell Greenberg, Goldwin Smith Professor of Romance Studies, Cornell University
In a fascinating chronological series of mental voyages beyond the usual territorial boundaries, this comprehensive and rich compendium represents the beginning of the endor perhaps the endof 'national' literature, while retaining the specificity of a language of expression and helping us rethink the usual paradigms of French literature 'from the outside in,' as if 'Francophonie' had always existed.
Philip Stewart, Duke University
In our era of comparatism, world literature and 'littérature-monde,' cosmopolitanism, and universalism and migration, the idea of a national literature may well be obsolete. Yet this is not exactly what readers of French Global will find. Read together, these rewarding essays present a more fraught relation between the global and the national, or the local, and a more complex history leading to an accent on 'worlding' and cultural interconnections. Paradoxically, perhaps, they adumbrate a multifaceted series of specifically French conceptions of the global.
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University
...a powerful and persuasive revision of the monumental and monolithic idea of French literature, redefined as a multifaceted process fraught with differences and contradictions and bearing the stamp of transnational movements.
French Global is an invaluable text for students and scholars of French-speaking literatures and cultures.
an innovative work first and foremost for reintroducing literary history as an approach to reading texts.
Introduction: The National and the Global, by 000
Susan Rubin Suleiman and Christie McDonald
Acknowledgments, by 000
Part I Spaces
1. Worlding Medieval French, by 000
2. "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel via Oronce Finé, by 000
3. The Global and the Figural: Early Modern Reflections on Boundary-Crossing, by 000
4. Globality and Classicism: The Moralists Encounter the Self, by 000
5. From the Rectangle to the Globe: Theater in the Ancien Régime, by 000
6. Planetary Perspectives in Enlightenment Fiction and Science, by 000
7. Homesickness in an Expanding World: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Lyric, by 000
8. Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism, by 000
9. Literature, Space, and the French Nation-State After the 1950s, by 000
Verena Andermatt Conley
10. All Over the Place: Global Women Writers and the Maghreb, by 000
Part II Mobilities
11. Speaking the Other: Constructing Frenchness in Medieval England, by 000
12. Walking East in the Renaissance, by 000
Philip John Usher
13. Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal, by 000
Faith E. Beasley
14. On the Ethnographic Imagination in the Eighteenth Century, by 000
15. The Slave Trade, La Françafrique, and the Globalization of French, by 000
Christopher L. Miller
16. The Voyage and Its Others: Nineteenth-Century Inscriptions of Mobility, by 000
17. Traffic in Translation: Rereading Supervielle, by 000
18. From the French Roman Colonial to the Francophone Postcolonial Novel:
René Maran as Precursor, by 000
F. Abiola Irele
19. French Literature in the World System of Translation, by 000
20. Intellectuals Without Borders, by 000
Lawrence D. Kritzman
Part III Multiplicities
21. Language, Literature, and Identity in the Middle Ages, by 000
22. Negotiating with Gender Otherness: French Literary History Revisited, by 000
23. Specters of Multiplicity: Eighteenth-Century Literature Revisited from the Outside In, by 000
24. Speculation and Economic Xenophobia as Literary World Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Business Novel, by 000
25. Jews and the Construction of French Identity from Balzac to Proust, by 000
26. Traversal of Languages: The Québecois Laboratory, by 000
27. Space, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary Fiction: Duras, Genet, Ndiaye, by 000
28. "Présence Antillaise": Hybridity and the Contemporary French Literary Landscape, by 000
29. Choosing French: Language, Foreignness, and the Canon (Beckett/Némirovsky), by 000
Susan Rubin Suleiman
List of Contributors, by 000
Index, by 000