Conditions pour une histoire multipolaire des littératures de langue française

Suter, Patrick (2019). Conditions pour une histoire multipolaire des littératures de langue française. Transylvanian Review, XXVIII(2), pp. 13-25. Academia Română – Centrul de Studii Transilvane

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French literary history has been studied from a national perspective since the creation of the discipline in the late 19th century. But the focus on national literature has excluded literatures written in French outside France. Nowadays, important essays on French literary history are still centered on the literature of the Hexagon. Of course, ‘Francophone’ studies have been considering literatures of various Francophone areas, but they have often paid attention to the literary works and movements of specific territories, without placing them in relation with other literary works written in French. Studies of comparative literature and world literature have created models for studying interactions between different literatures. Some are focused on the diffusion of literature across the world; other examine how cultural phenomena in the colonial margins have influenced the metropoles or ‘written back’ to them; others analyze world literature in a relational or ‘trans-area’ perspective. After having reviewed such methodological approaches, this paper suggests a model based on the study of frontières (i.e. “borders” and “boundaries”) chosen as a “point of departure” (Auerbach) for setting up a fragmentary literary history which gives the same weight to the various literatures written in French in the 20th century.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature > Literary Studies
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Suter, Patrick

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages

ISSN:

1221-1249

Publisher:

Academia Română – Centrul de Studii Transilvane

Language:

French

Submitter:

Patrick Suter

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2020 08:23

Last Modified:

31 Mar 2020 08:23

Uncontrolled Keywords:

multipolar literary history; literatures in French; borders and boundaries; Francophone literatures; world literature

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139552

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139552

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