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p. 1179. French-Speaking Heroes Without Borders?locked

  • John D. Lyons


‘French-speaking heroes without borders?’ examines the French literature of the last two decades of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. It asks who or what is a ‘francophone’ writer, and whether there is a ‘francophone literature’. Many of the authors of this period were born outside of continental France and questions remain as to the conceptual framework within which such writers are to be situated. One of the major creative efforts in recent French novels is to conceive unusual protagonists whose first-person narratives stretch various boundaries of identity, with emphasis on national as well as sexual and racial identity.

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