Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives
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Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives approaches the study of AfroEurope through narrative forms produced in contemporary France, a location which richly illustrates differentiated (although imbricated) readings of blackness in European spaces.
The book adds to the existing literature by adopting a transdisciplinary approach that combines critical black and urban geographies, intersectionality, as well as social and textual analysis. The book concerns itself with the spatial negotiations of Afroeuropean woman in France, through the figure of the black flâneuse. Proposing ‘walking as method’, this critical work gets beneath spectacular representations of ghettoised banlieues, televised protests and shipwrecked migrants to explore the spatiality of blackness in the everyday. It discusses a range of narrative forms, the social context of their production, as well as the political contestations and cultural dynamics with which they engage.
Foregrounding expressive modes and forms produced by AfroFrench women that have traditionally received little critical attention outside of the French and Francophone world, this book will be relevant to academics, researchers, writers, students, activists and readers with interests in Literary and Cultural Studies, African and Afrodiasporic Studies, Black Feminisms, Migration Studies, Critical Black Geographies, Francophone Studies and the comparative framework of Afroeuropean Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: The Long Shadow of Marianne 1. I wonder as I wander: AfroFrench visuality and walking as method 2. The map is not the territory: francophonie and the errant writer 3. Black or French: voicing the borders of Black France Part 2: Blackness Intra Muros 4. Afropeanism: relational identity and naming into place 5. Zara in the metro: geographic variability and the ethnographic gaze 6. AfroParisianism: blackness encoded, and spatiality decoded Conclusion
Polo B. Moji completed her PhD at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Literary Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.