Interpreting the Republic

Interpreting the Republic

Interpreting the Republic

Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films

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9780739165362

Rowman & Littlefield Group

    Swamy, Vinay

    31-May-2011

    Hardback

S$88.96

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Vinay Swamy's admirable Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films is a remarkable intervention in French and Francophone studies, one that brings the field closer to bridging the gap between 'French' and 'Francophone.' It does so by bringing 'Beur studies' to the center of both metropolitan French studies and the way we understand the French Republic, thereby demarginalizing the postcolonial periphery. Swamy does not stop there, however, for he goes on to add several additional layers of complexity to his redefinition of the Republic by incorporating questions of gender, sexuality, and religion. In the context of a global 'war on terror,' this timely study therefore thoroughly challenges what some have called a "clash of civilizations.

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