A contribution to Transition’s “I Can’t Breathe” forum, an online space for responses to the murders of unarmed black Americans by police. My piece, which was chosen for publication in the print edition of the magazine, reflected upon the similarities between the death of Eric Garner in New York City and the death of an enslaved sugar refiner nam…[Read more]
This paper aims to define the concepts of “material thought” and “material time,” as they are theorized by Proust in the Preface of his Ruskin’s Amiens Bible translation, and as they are developed throughout the Recherche. In Proust’s oeuvre ‘material thought’ manifests itself mostly in linguistic and stylistic features, or in concrete images,…[Read more]
Lee Skallerup Bessette deposited How to Make Love to a Negro: But What if I get Tired? Transculturation and its (Partial) Negation In and Through Translation in the group LLC Francophone on MLA Commons 10 months ago
Dany Laferrière’s first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un Nègre was a literary sensation when it was first released in Quebec in the mid-80s. The author/narrator plays with reader’s expectations, presenting both a stereotypical image of the black man (sex-obsessed, white-hating) and one that contradicts and upsets their expectations. Influen…[Read more]
Author Dany Laferrière, after a seven year hiatus from writing, produced the book Je suis un écrivain japonais (2008) [I am a Japanese Writer]. The title recalls statements he has frequently made in interviews about how much he hates being pigeon-holed by national or racial labels. The book itself is an examination of what (or who) defines s…[Read more]
Lee Skallerup Bessette deposited Becoming a Gwo Nèg in 1970s Haiti: Dany Laferrière’s Coming-of-Age Film Le Goût des Jeunes Filled (On the Verge of Fever) in the group LLC Francophone on MLA Commons 10 months ago
When all men are either dead, exiled, thugs or zombies in a world ruled through violence and terror by a President-for-Life and his son, how is a young boy expected to come of age and forge his own identity? Le Goût des Jeunes Filles (On the Verge of Fever), a 2004 film about Fanfan, a 15-year-old boy, set in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the same…[Read more]
This essay tackles a question that has preoccupied Francophone postcolonial studies for several decades—namely, what is believed almost unanimously to be the absence of a Francophone equivalent to the slave narrative in English. My article challenges this assumption by reconciling the legacies of slavery in both the Anglophone and Francophone “…[Read more]
Looking for a female roommate!
Is anyone (female) willing to share her room, I will be staying the 5th and the 6th?
The next scheduled election for this forum’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2017; the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is req…[Read more]
Dear Members of the LLC Francophone Forum,
I am honored to have been nominated by the current members of our executive committee to stand for election to the committee this year.
I am an Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where I teach francophone and anglophone literatures of…[Read more]
Dear Fellow LLC Francophone Forum members, I’m running for a seat on our executive committee, so please allow me to tell you a little about my work.
My name is John Walsh, and I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. My teaching and research include the literature and history of Haiti and t…[Read more]
John Walsh started the topic CFP: Migrations of Cultures – Undergraduate Conference at Pitt in the discussion Francophone Literatures and Cultures on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
“Migrations of Cultures” – Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages
To be held at the University of Pittsburgh, March 30-31, 2017
Calling all Advisors, spread the word to your students!
Do you want to share your ideas with other undergraduate students? Or get feedback on a paper? Maybe you are considering graduate school in one of the…[Read more]
Jorge Calderón started the topic Appel de communications Feeling Queer / Queer Feeling Colloque international in the discussion Francophone Literatures and Cultures on MLA Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
Appel de communications
Feeling Queer / Queer Feeling
Université de Toronto, Canada
24–26 mai 2017
L’affect est avant tout, dans l’ordre du corps, un phénomène physique et psychique, à la fois en-deçà et au-delà de la représentation, qui mobilise l’expérience concrète de soi, celle de l’autre et celle du monde. En…[Read more]
Visual Ethnography, Stereotypes, and Photographing Algeria
Būqālah refers both to a ceramic pitcher as well as to poems ritually embedded in the traditional, favorite, divinatory pastime associated with women city dwellers of specific Algerian towns such as Blida,Cherchell, Tlemcen, Constantine, and Algiers. This essay considers the shift from orality to a written archive of French and Algerian c…[Read more]
Amine’s essay explores memory-making and highlights a paradox in
Leı¨la Sebbar’s The Seine was Red, a novel that describes the conflicting memories of the police massacre of Algerians in Paris on 17 October 1961. Structured as a family album with captioned identities, place, and time, Sebbar’s novel employs a mode of remembrance that convent…[Read more]
This essay maps out a six-year literary transformation of Paris noir from 1957 to 1963 that overlaps with the Algerian war for independence from France (1954–1962). In this journey that transits from Parisian utopianism to postcolonial criticism, from Richard Wright and James Baldwin’s love songs to racially liberal Paris to William Gardner S…[Read more]
Yasser Elhariry started the topic CFP: Cultures of Mysticism (Expressions maghrébines) in the discussion Francophone Literatures and Cultures on MLA Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
Revue de la coordination internationale des chercheurs sur les littératures du Maghreb
Vol. 16, No. 2, Winter 2017: Call for Papers
Cultures of Mysticism
Edited by Yasser Elhariry
Final Papers Submission Deadline: 31 January 2017
Publication: December 2017
The mystical strains of religious cultures p…[Read more]
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