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Humanities 2016, 5(2), 30; doi:10.3390/h5020030

The Transnational Turn in African Literature of French Expression: Imagining Other Utopic Spaces in the Globalized Age

Department of French & Italian, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Academic Editor: Bernd Fischer
Received: 9 February 2016 / Revised: 4 May 2016 / Accepted: 9 May 2016 / Published: 18 May 2016
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This article focuses on African literature published since 2000 by authors of French expression. While contemporary authors’ subjects are varied—ranging from climate change, human rights, to ethnic cleansing—they also imagine new “what ifs” and other utopic spaces and places that extend beyond postcolonial, Africa-as-victim paradigms. Literarily, authors such as Abdelaziz Belkhodja (Tunisia) and Abdourahman A. Waberi (Djibouti) have effectuated a transnational turn. In this literary transnational turn, Africa is open to new interpretations by the African author that are very different from the more essentialist-based, literary-philosophical movements such as Negritude and pan-Africanism; cornerstones of the postcolonial literary frameworks of the past. Belkhodja and Waberi offer original narratives for Africa that, while describing their countries as utopias, also traverse the very dystopic realities of our time. View Full-Text
Keywords: Afropolitanism; La littérature-monde; cosmopolitanism; transnational literature; African literature; Maghrebi; Francophone literature Afropolitanism; La littérature-monde; cosmopolitanism; transnational literature; African literature; Maghrebi; Francophone literature
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Orlando, V.K. The Transnational Turn in African Literature of French Expression: Imagining Other Utopic Spaces in the Globalized Age. Humanities 2016, 5, 30.

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