France's Colonial Legacies

Memory, Identity and Narrative

Edited by Fiona Barclay

Edited by Fiona Barclay

Distributed for University of Wales Press

283 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $150.00 ISBN: 9780708326671 Published December 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
France’s Colonial Legacies contributes to the debates taking place in France about the place of empire in the contemporary life of the nation, debates that have been underway since the 1990s and now reach across public life and society, with manifestations in the French parliament, media, and universities. Fiona Barclay brings together distinguished scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including history, sociology, politics, literature, and film, to examine the extent to which the French colonial empire and its collapse have contributed to and shaped contemporary France. 
Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
“In a variety of spheres—political, legal, cultural, and historiographic—debates regarding memories of empire have, over the past decade, acquired a genuine urgency in France and in the wider French-speaking world. This volume provides a useful set of essays that explore the legacies of colonialism in a wide range of locations and in a number of very difference arenas. The contributors include established scholars and some of the most important early-career researchers active in this field. The collection as whole is a significant contribution to new work in Francophone postcolonial studies.”

Series Editor’s Preface



List of figures

Notes on contributors


Introduction:     The Postcolonial Nation

                                Fiona Barclay


Part One: Narrative Gaps


1              Amnesia about Anglophone Africa: France’s Rhodesian Mindset, its Manifestation and Legacies

                Joanna Warson


2              From ‘Écrivains coloniaux’ to Écrivains de ‘langue française’: Strata of Un/acknowledged Memories

                Gabrielle Parker


Part Two: The Algerian Way, Fifty Years On


3              Conflicting Memories: Modernisation, Colonialism and the Algerian War Appelés in Cinq colones á la une

                Iain Mossman


4              Derrida’s Virtual Space of Spectrality: Cinematic Haunting and the Law in Herbiet’s Mon Colonel

                Fiona Barclay


5              ‘Le devoir de mémoire’: the Poetics and Politics of Cultural Memory in Assia Djebar’s Le Blanc de l’Algérie

                Jenny Mullen


6              (Un)packing the Suitcases: Postcolonial Memory and Iconography

                William Kidd


Part Three: The Transnational Family


7              Interrogating the Transnational Family: Memory, Identity and Cultural Bilingualism in Traoré’s Sous la clarté de la lune

                Zéllie Asava


8              Continuity and Discontinuity in the Family: Looking Beyond the Post-Colonial in Claudel’s Il y a longtemps que je t’aime

                Fiona Handyside


Part Four: Contemporary Commemorations


9              Anti-racism, Republicanism and the Sarkozy Years: SOS Racisme and the Mouvement des Indigénes de la République

                Thomas Martin


10           Playing out the Postcolonial: Football and Commemoration

                Cathal Kilcline


11           Crime and Penitence in Slave Commemoration: From Political Controversy to the Politics of Performance

                Nicola Frith




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