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« Une et divisible ? »

Plural Identities in Modern France


Edited By Barbara Lebrun and Jill Lovecy

This book offers a selection of the papers presented at the 2008 annual conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), with chapters focusing on regional formation, European policy, the cultural landscape of Paris, the place of Maghrebi artists in popular music, the evolution of cultural policy regarding ‘popular’ culture, and filmic and novelised representations of desire, ethnicity and nationality.
Guided by postcolonial critique, this book takes as its starting point the recognition of multiple identities in modern and contemporary France, despite (and against) the traditional republican emphasis on national unification and the relegation of notions of ethnicity, sexuality and cultural difference to the so-called private sphere. While many publications have engaged with this topic, few juxtapose social and political issues with cultural approaches. This edited volume, by contrast, incorporates the work of specialists drawn from a broad range of academic disciplinary areas, including history, politics, literature and cultural studies, and shows how perceptions of the self and of the other as French have changed over the years, with an emphasis on the contemporary period (post-1945).


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Barbara Lebrun and Jill Lovecy Introduction: Plural Identities in Modern and Contemporary France 1 Sami Naïr Preface: Ref lections on the Republic and Ethnicity 11 Part 1 Social and Political History 25 Mark Sawchuk After the Plebiscite: Cafés and Conf lict in Nice and Savoy during the 1860s 27 Louisa Zanoun From the Second Reich to the Third Republic: Identities and Politics in the Moselle département, 1918–1936 45 Jean-Christophe Penet Laïque et indivisible? Secularisation and the Crisis of Republican Identity in Contemporary France 65 Maura Stewart Lettre à tous les Français: ‘European Vision’ in the 1988 French Presidential Election 81 vi Philippe Marlière A Soured Relationship: The French Socialists and European Integration 95 Part 2 (Popular) Cultural Studies 115 Keith Reader Cultural Topography: A New Growth Area? 117 David Looseley Making History: French Popular Music and the Notion of the Popular 127 Ellie Sutclif fe ‘Un peu d’ici, un peu de là-bas; ça me revient’: Identity Struggle in the Music of Faudel 141 Franck Le Gac Citation Citizenship and the French Fiction Film 161 Part 3 French Literature 177 Penny Brown ‘Is this my war?’ Identity Crises in French Children’s Literature after World War Two 179 Helena Chadderton Identity Negotiation in Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Bébé and Le Pays 197 vii Renate Günther ‘Etrangers à nous-mêmes’: Identity as Alterity in the Work of Marguerite Duras 211 Owen Heathcote Queering French Gay Identities? Eric Jourdan’s Aux Gémonies (2007) 223 Notes on...

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