By Dominic Thomas
"[W]ithout a doubt essentially the most vital reports to date accomplished on literature in French grounded within the reviews of migrants of sub-Saharan African origin." -- Alec Hargreaves, Florida country UniversityFrance has constantly hosted a wealthy and colourful black presence inside of its borders. yet fresh violent occasions have raised questions on France's remedy of ethnic minorities. demanding the id politics that experience set immigrants opposed to the mainstream, Black France explores how black expressive tradition has been reformulated as worldwide tradition within the multicultural and multinational areas of France. Thomas brings ahead questions similar to -- Why is France a privileged web site of civilization? who's French? who's an immigrant? Who controls the networks of creation? Black France poses an urgently wanted reassessment of the French colonial legacy.
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Newly formed French-Africans soon realized that that stated objective was unattainable. Their status as colonized subjects and constructs inscribed by a hyphenated identity forever precluded their access to some distant evolutionary point, much in the same way as today’s ethnic minorities are relegated to topographic zones in the banlieues (housing projects) outside of the parameters of Frenchness. S. multicultural politics. S. multiculturalism. Fanon underscored how linguistic and even broader cultural identiﬁcation with France was insufﬁcient to confer full Frenchness, a dimension Cohen addressed in his book The French Encounter with Africans: “The black migrants from the Antilles, however, should not have suffered most of these problems: they knew French and French culture, they were French citizens, and their lifestyle was not signiﬁcantly at variance from that of their white compatriots.
Returning to the colonial era as a point of entry to recent debates on questions of immigration and national identity in contemporary France seems a necessary gesture, one that allows for the relocation of the origins of immigration discourse and migratory ﬂows according to a spe- Introduction 17 ciﬁc set of economic, political, and social coordinates that are indissociable from a colonial, postcolonial, and global geometry. 70 One should note that “Black” as a category in Britain is often used to describe Africans, Caribbeans, and South Asians.
And ﬁnally, how does the consecration of the migrant subject operate in France through the acquisition of cultural and economic capital alongside consecration linked to a “return” to Africa? 91 Mamadou Diouf has eloquently captured the need for a pluralistic interpretation of Diaspora: Introduction 23 One must also speak of the emergence of a new, extraordinary literature, that of novelists who are no longer novelists of the in-between, of Africa and France, but rather novelists of Africa in France.