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Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives

ISBN 9780367637514
Published March 30, 2022 by Routledge
182 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book approaches the study of AfroEurope through narrative forms produced in contemporary France, a location which richly illustrates race in European spaces.

The book adopts a transdiciplinary lens that combines critical black and urban geographies, intersectional feminism, and textual analysis to explore the spatial negotiations of black women in France. It assesses literature, film, and music as narrative forms and engages with the sociocultural and political contexts from which they emerge. Through the figure of the black flâneuse and the analytical framework of "walking as method", the book goes beneath spectacular representations of ghettoised banlieues, televised protests, and shipwrecked migrants to analyse the spatiality of blackness in the everyday. It argues that the material-discursive framing of black flânerie, as both relational and embodied movements, renders visible a politics of place embedded in everyday mico-struggles of raced-sexed subjects.  

Foregrounding expressive modes and forms 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 I: 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 II: Blackness Intra Muros  4. Naming into place: Afropeanism as a poetics of relation 5. Zara in the metro: geographic variability and the ethnographic gaze   6. Re-imagining AfroParisianism: blackness encoded; spatiality decoded  Conclusion: black spatiality and the search for ouverture

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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.