This volume presents a selection of essays in English and French initially delivered at the interdisciplinary conference of the Association of Modern and Contemporary France held in Leicester in September 2000. Frontiers are defined broadly in terms of material and symbolic inter- and transnational spaces where French and Francophone artists, communities and nations face their own selves and each other. Contributors reflect on the relationships between various cross-boundary contacts and perceptions of identity, power and marginality.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2004. 347 pp., 2 fig., 4 ill.
Contents: Jocelyn Létourneau: Le Québec d’aujord’hui: défis et possibilités pour une (petite) collectivité francophone d’Amérique
du Nord – Margaret Majumdar: Francophonie: the Caribbean dimension – Mohamed Benrabah: An Algerian paradox: Arabisation and
the French language – Dawn Marley: The evolution of a postcolonial role for French in Morocco – Gavin Bowd: Romania and la
francophonie since Ceausescu – John Oswald: Camus’s Europeanism: trying to cope with shifting frontiers – Rabah Aissaoui:
Le Mouvement des travailleurs arabes: ethnicity, antiracism and political mobilisation amongst Maghrebi immigrants during
the 1970s in France – Geoff Hare: Is French football still French? Globalisation, national identity, and professional sport
as spectacle and commodity – Honora Naughton: From cohabitation to marriage of convenience: the end of Elf as an independent
national champion – Joanna Helcké: La tchatche and the gendering of ethnic identities in France’s banlieues
– Clare Humberstone: The policy of ZEP: strengthening or weakening of frontiers of exclusion? – Kay Chadwick: Crossing religious
frontiers? Catholic responses to Islam in post-1945 France – Gabrielle Varro: Building ‘otherness’. Mixed marriages and métissage
in French soiety – Rosemary Chapman: The colony hits back: the French experience in Quebec literature – Patrick Corcoran:
Cultural ambivalence in the novels of Ahmadou Kourouma – Terry Bradford: Traveller and marginal: the French intellectual portrayed
by Raymond Jean – Helena Garnett: Writing at the margin: an introduction to the exile novels by Andreï Makine, Milan Kundera
and Rodica Iulian – Ann Miller: Les héritiers d’Hergé: the figure of the aventurier in a postcolonial context
– Nicole Fayard: A hybrid Shakespeare: the shifting frontiers of Georges Lavaudant’s theatre.