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« Une et divisible ? »

Plural Identities in Modern France

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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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Notes on Contributors Penny Brown is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literary Studies in the Department of French Studies at the University of Manchester. She has worked extensively on French and English children’s books and has published a two-volume Critical History of French Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2007). Helena Chadderton is completing a PhD at the University of Lan- caster on the formal properties of the novels of Marie Darrieussecq. She has published an article, ‘Writing Motherhood: Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Bébé’, in Eilene Hoft-March and Judith Sarnecki (eds), Love, Death and Women’s Lives in French and Francophone Literature (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). Renate Günther is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Shef field. She has published extensively on Marguerite Duras and gender theory. Her publications include French Film Directors: Marguerite Duras (Manchester University Press, 2002). Owen Heathcote is Honorary Visiting Reader in Modern French Studies at the University of Bradford. He researches on the relationship between violence, gender and representation in French literature and film. He co-edited the special journal issue ‘Gays and Lesbians in Contemporary France – Politics, Media, Sexualities’, Modern and Contemporary France (vol. 14, 2006). He recently completed a monograph entitled Balzac and Violence (Peter Lang, 2009). Franck Le Gac is completing a dissertation on citation and the French fiction film as part of an interdisciplinary PhD in Film Studies and French Studies at the University of Iowa. He is established as an independent translator in Paris, specializing in texts on cinema and visual arts....

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