Cities are a major theme in African Literature. The city and its own language are often complemented by the relationships among individuals that occupy it as well as by their relationships with the city itself. Therefore, this particular place becomes a pluridenotative network formed
by the cultural signified and the spatial signifying. Moreover, the City plays a mediating role between its development in the past and experience in the present. It is therefore, a place for meeting and hence opposing views. Starting from this assumption, we consider Ousmane Socé's
fictional text, Karim, Roman sénégalais where the city is not only present but also is fundamental for the action and the evolution of the main character.
The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.