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Julie-Fran├žoise Tolliver
University Of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-3067)

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2018

A Poetics of Solidarity in Francophone Independence Literatures

A book-length study of connections among global francophone writers and intellectuals.

During the independence period (1950 to 1980), francophone intellectuals from Quebec, Africa, and the Caribbean read each other and, animated by transnational solidarity, imagined alternatives to colonialist and neocolonialist formations. This project examines the affective bond that made this process possible, a poetics of solidarity that orients texts and the political imaginaries they elaborate. The “tongue ties” of francophone anticolonial intellectuals bound them together (they were connected through the French language) but also offered a set of linguistic and ideological constraints (their imaginaries were determined by the French language as it was, itself, shaped by francophone history and culture). In its investigation, this project disrupts the racial logic evinced by francophone literary studies in the US, tracing literal and figurative racial permeability on both sides of the French literary Atlantic.