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Francophonie and universality: the ideological challenges of littrature-monde

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This article examines the ideological challenges to francophonie and universality initially raised in the Pour une littrature-monde en franais (2007) manifesto and elaborated further by the contributing authors to the accompanying volume of essays. The multiple perspectives and modes of expression that emanate from a wide range of writers constitute a cohesive unit defending a common cause equality and diversity in French language literatures. Yet this polyphony of voices from within the littrature-monde movement represents its most powerful provocation, defying a uniform approach to the argument and instead reinventing francophonie and universality with a series of different propositions. By exploring how the boundaries and constraints of the institutionalized interpretations of francophonie and universality are stretched and modified by these writers, it may be possible to determine whether littrature-monde can effectively circumvent or overcome obstacles to inclusion for all writers of French language literatures.
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Keywords: francophonie; ideological challenges; littrature-monde; universality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Melbourne.

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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