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A Poetics of Solidarity in Francophone Independence Literatures
Julie Tolliver, University of Houston

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Tongue Ties: A Poetics of Solidarity in Independence Francophone Literature (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Tongue Ties: A Poetics of Solidarity in Independence Francophone Literature
Author: Julie-Françoise Tolliver
Abstract: This paper examines the transnational and transracial ties that linked French-language writers from Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. This period, during which independence was an essential concern in Africa and the Caribbean as well as in Quebec, nurtured solidarities defined by leftist politics and serious considerations of interregional, interracial, and interclass difference. The “tongue ties” of the paper’s title has a double meaning: while francophone anticolonial intellectuals were “tied” linguistically through their use of the French tongue, their connection was also constricted (tied) by the inherent qualities of a language itself shaped by varied francophone histories and cultures. Language was fashioned by and simultaneously fashioned these solidarities. Specifically, my paper will lay the groundwork for an examination of the ways texts worked with and through language in this period, arguing that the linguistic tropes that authors used to express unity in difference reveal both gaps and unexpected connections in the francophone political imaginary. The analytical abecedary of these tropes constitutes a “poetics of solidarity” that defines a foundational moment in French-language world literature.
Date: 04/01/2018
Primary URL: https://www.acla.org/
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Conference Name: American Comparative Literature Association Colloquium

“Siting images, citing worlds: Nouri Bouzid’s Bent familia and the Quebec connection” (Article)
Title: “Siting images, citing worlds: Nouri Bouzid’s Bent familia and the Quebec connection”
Author: Julie-Françoise Tolliver
Abstract: This paper examines two images from 1970s Québécois culture that appear fleetingly in Nouri Bouzid’s 1996 drama Bent Familia, analyzing the ways they inform the film’s off-screen referential space. By complicating the film’s otherwise straightforward “spectrum of geographical liberties” structured along old colonial lines, Quebec troubles the ostensible hierarchy separating France (and the West more generally) from its former colonies. Harking back to the hope associated with the era of independence, these two Québécois images nostalgically recall a moment when the Maghreb inspired desire for progressive change around the francophone world.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/abs/10.3828/cfc.2018.5
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Access Model: Subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Contemporary French Civilization Vol. 43 No. 1 (April 2018)
Publisher: Liverpool University Press


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