Auteur : John West-Sooby
la langue : en
Éditeur: Associated University Presse
Date de sortie : 2008
"Utopian imaginings undoubtedly satisfy a desire for fantasy and escape. At the same time, however, they are generally anchored in the real world, whose shortcomings they criticise, implicity or explicity, and for which they purport to offer solutions. The creation of perfect imaginary worlds therefore serves as a means of acting on the imperfect present. This is a particular feature of French utopian writing, whose rich tradition continues to grow, inspiring authors from all parts of the Francophone world. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, the utopian - and dystopian - imaginings which constitute that tradition find expression through all genres and modes of creation. What they have in common, though, is a dissatisfaction with contemporary society and a determination to explore possibilities for a better life."--BOOK JACKET.
Auteur : Alec G. Hargreaves
la langue : en
Éditeur: Liverpool University Press
Date de sortie : 2012
The 2007 manifesto in favour of a “Littérature-monde en français” has generated new debates in both “francophone” and “postcolonial” studies. Praised by some for breaking down the hierarchical division between “French” and “Francophone” literatures, the manifesto has been criticized by others for recreating that division through an exoticizing vision that continues to privilege the publishing industry of the former colonial métropole. Does the manifesto signal the advent of a new critical paradigm destined to render obsolescent those of “francophone” and/or “postcolonial” studies? Or is it simply a passing fad, a glitzy but ephemeral publicity stunt generated and promoted by writers and publishing executives vis-à-vis whom scholars and critics should maintain a skeptical distance? Does it offer an all-embracing transnational vista leading beyond the confines of postcolonialism or reintroduce an incipient form of neocolonialism even while proclaiming the end of the centre/periphery divide? In addressing these questions, leading scholars of “French”, “Francophone” and “postcolonial” studies from around the globe help to assess the wider question of the evolving status of French Studies as a transnational field of study amid the challenges of globalization.
Auteur : Open University Course Team
la langue : en
Date de sortie : 2010-05-15
This book is a full colour anthology that presents texts, articles and literary extracts based around themes such as The Arts in France, Multicultural France, The Media and Science and Technology. This material is designed to increase understanding of a wide variety of texts and issues of differing complexity to allow readers to consolidate and improve their knowledge of grammar at the same time as developing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in French.