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Redeeming Francophonie: a new concept of francit

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The extent of the mtropole's dimensions inside or outside France, real or imaginary, is still an incomplete story. Contemporary critics such as Anne-Rosine Delbart, Stphane Dufoix, Ramona Bordei-Boca, Roxana Verona and Martine Fernandes to name only a few filled some important gaps and published research challenging the latest oversimplification of Francophonie. The astute new categories these researchers propose literary, social and historical urge French and Francophone studies scholars to re-evaluate their field. Based on literary works by French and Francophone writers of various backgrounds such as Eduardo Manet, Eugne Ionesco, Paul Goma, Abd al-Rahman Munif, Abdellatif Labi, Mahmoud Darwish, etc., this article makes a case for a new dimension of francit sustained by human rights literature in French. Moreover, evidence of writers who speak Francophone and write Francophone (contrary to the 2007 manifesto Pour une littrature-monde en franais denying their existence) prove that Francophonie's lifeline remains rich and strong.
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Keywords: Abdellatif Labi; Eduardo Manet; Eugne Ionesco; Francophone literature; Paul Goma; francit d'urgence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • 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.
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