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Introduction: The Colonial Venture

  • Alec G. Hargreaves

Abstract

This is a study of the manner in which three French writers gave imaginative expression to the colonial experience of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considerable critical interest has been aroused by the growing volume of works by contemporary francophone writers expressing the experience of peoples who have recently emerged from colonial rule, but comparatively little attention has been given to French writers who witnessed or participated in the expansionist era which originally brought many of these peoples under European dominion.

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Colonial Rule Colonial Experience Territorial Expansion Indigenous Inhabitant French Writer 
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