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978-0-7391-1829-0 • Hardback • May 2008 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
Marjorie Attignol Salvodon is assistant professor of humanities and modern languages at Suffolk University.
Chapter 1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 Dedication
Chapter 3 Acknowledgements
Chapter 4 Preface
Part 5 I Histories of French Belonging
Chapter 6 Introduction: Narratives, French Identity, and Childhood
Chapter 7 1 Double Appurtenance: The Paradox of French Multiculturalism
Part 8 II Fictional Narratives of Identity
Chapter 9 2 Uneasy Belonging
Chapter 10 3 Resilient Identities: Telling and Remembering Violence
Chapter 11 4 Negotiating Borders: Childhood, Cultural Identity, and Loss
Part 12 III French Identity at the Crossroads
Chapter 13 Conclusion: France— un formidable puzzle
Chapter 14 Bibliography
This book has been researched and written by a refined scholar who challenges French colonial legacies using thorough explorations of the connections between French colonialism, universalism, and difference. She places the study of literary France at the center of the contemporary francophone postcolonial debates. The focus on 'fictions of childhood' in the works of these women writers elucidates current concepts pertaining to studies in cultural identity, métissage, memory, and more. This is a lucid, groundbreaking analysis that will undoubtedly appeal to a large international readership.
— Kamal Salhi, senior lecturer of French studies, University of Leeds
Fictions of Childhood does nevertheless make its modest contribution to the question of identity in contemporary France, particularly in the many questions it raises and in bringing together such a provocative group of writers.
— H-France Review, March 2009
As France undergoes political and cultural changes, Marjorie Attignol Salvodon provides us with a perceptive study of French identity, specifically as it relates to the notion of difference in contemporary France. Her work astutely examines current discussions of multiculturalism, highlighting works of fiction whose narrative voices are children. Salvodon's unique and thoroughly researched approach considers both the history of colonialism and debates on French universalism, showing us why these fictional texts play an important role in our understanding of France
— Pamela Pears, associate professor of French, Washington College