Skip to main content

Bibliodiversity: Denationalizing and Defrancophonizing Francophonie

  • 310 Accesses

Abstract

Language policy has historically served to bolster France’s overseas colonial ambitions. Similarities have been recorded in the postcolonial era under the aegis of francophonie and in the French government policy agenda. While President Emmanuel Macron has expressed the desire to turn a new page, critics highlight how diplomatic soft power initiatives continue to prioritize neocolonial ties. Postcolonial studies themselves have been treated with suspicion in France, but a new generation of intellectuals and writers challenges the narrow conceptualization of francophonie, calling for greater bibliodiversity, collectively channeling efforts aimed at reframing the symbiotic link between French as language and France as nation, and advocating for a denationalization, defrancophonization, and decolonizing of francophonie.

We are in a country that is called the French language…

—Alain Mabanckou, “Interview with Alain Mabanckou” (Manteau 2013, p. 15)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-52726-6_4
  • Chapter length: 18 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-52726-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Notes

  1. 1.

    All translations from French are mine unless otherwise noted.

  2. 2.

    For more information, see Gassama 2008.

  3. 3.

    Also see Bancel 2012; Diouf 2010.

  4. 4.

    This work has taken place alongside that of several scholars working in French institutions. See Moura 2007; Smouts 2007; Thomas 2017.

  5. 5.

    For more information, see Bancel et al. 2016.

References

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Dominic Thomas .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2021 The Author(s)

About this chapter

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Thomas, D. (2021). Bibliodiversity: Denationalizing and Defrancophonizing Francophonie. In: Kim, D.D. (eds) Reframing Postcolonial Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52726-6_4

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52726-6_4

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-030-52725-9

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-030-52726-6

  • eBook Packages: HistoryHistory (R0)