Culture and Identity in Belgian Francophone Writing

Dialogue, Diversity and Displacement

by Susan Bainbrigge (Author)
©2009 Monographs 238 Pages
Series: Modern French Identities, Volume 72


Few full-length studies exist in English on French-speaking authors from Belgium. What, if any, are the particular features of francophone Belgian writing? This book explores questions of cultural and literary identity, and offers an overview of currents in critical debate regarding the place of francophone Belgian writing and its relationship to its larger neighbour, but also engages with broader questions concerning the classification of ‘francophone’ literature.
The study brings together well-known and less well-known modern and contemporary writers (Suzanne Lilar, Neel Doff, Dominique Rolin, Jacqueline Harpman, Françoise Mallet-Joris, Jean Muno, Nicole Malinconi, and Amélie Nothomb) whose works share a number of recurring themes and features, notably a preoccupation with questions of identity and alterity. Overall, the study highlights the diverse ways in which these questions of cultural identity and alterity emerge as a dominant theme throughout the corpus, viewed through a series of literary and cultural frameworks which bring together perspectives both local and global.


ISBN (Softcover)
Literary Identity Alterity Marginality Exile and alienation
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 238 pp.

Biographical notes

Susan Bainbrigge (Author)

The Author: Susan Bainbrigge is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has published on a variety of authors in twentieth-century and contemporary fiction and autobiography, including Writing against Death: The Autobiographies of Simone de Beauvoir.


Title: Culture and Identity in Belgian Francophone Writing