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Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth, Gender and Displacement : "Home" in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography

Date de mise en ligne : [02-09-2008]

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, £24.99. ISBN : 9781847185853

"Home" is a contested notion in contemporary literary and cultural studies, as critics assess the impact of empire, independence, migration and globalization upon colonial and postcolonial subjects. This volume assembles articles on the representation of home specifically in women’s autobiography, which is now one of the most exciting and productive fields of literary studies. The chapters analyze writing from diverse areas of the Francophone world, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Indo-China, in addition to focussing on works by immigrant writers in France. The volume investigates the importance and the nuances of the construction of "home" in narratives of female identity in different contexts.

This timely book includes original analyses by a range of scholars and studies both established writers, such as Maryse Condé, Marguerite Duras and Marie Cardinal, and newer voices such as Fatou Diome, Faïza Guène and Hélène Grimaud.

Gender and Displacement : The Representation of Home in Francophone Women’s Autobiography thus brings new understandings to the connections between race, gender, colonization and migration in female identity in diverse spaces.

Natalie Edwards is Assistant Professor of French at Wagner College, New York City. She specializes in twentieth-century French and Francophone women’s writing and has published articles on authors such as Hélène Cixous, Aminata Sow Fall, Paule Constant and Simone de Beauvoir. She is completing a book entitled Shifting Subjects : Plural Subjectivity in Francophone Women’s Autobiography.

Christopher Hogarth is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Wagner College, New York City, where he specializes in Comparative Literature. He specializes in African literature in both French and Italian, and postcolonial theory. He has published articles on a number of Senegalese authors and is completing a book entitled Maladies of Migration in the Senegalese Novel.

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