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

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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

The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures (Book) [show prizes]
Title: The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures
Author: Julie-Françoise Tolliver
Abstract: From the 1950s to the 1970s, the idea of independence inspired radical changes across the French-speaking world. In The Quebec Connection, Julie-Françoise Tolliver examines the links and parallels that writers from Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa imagined to unite that world, illuminating the tropes they used to articulate solidarities across the race and class differences that marked their experience. Tolliver argues that the French tongue both enabled and delimited connections between these writers, restricting their potential with the language’s own imperial history. The literary map that emerges demonstrates the plurality of French-language literatures, going beyond the concept of a single, unitary francophone literature to appreciate the profuse range of imaginaries connected by solidary texts that hoped for transformative independence. Importantly, the book expands the "francophone" framework by connecting African and Caribbean literatures to Québécois literature, attending to their interactions while recognizing their particularities. The Quebec Connection’s analysis of transnational francophone solidarities radically alters the field of francophone studies by redressing the racial logic that isolates the northern province from what has come to be called the postcolonial world.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5403
Primary URL Description: Press announcement
Primary URL Description: Press announcement (forthcoming in December 2020)
Access Model: Cloth, paperback, ebook
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780813944890
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes


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