Engagement in 21st Century French and Francophone Culture

Countering Crises

Editor(s) Angela Kimyongür, Helena Chadderton

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism,Media, Film and Theatre

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • November 2017 · 272 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786831187
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786831194
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786831200

About The Book

In the face of the contested legacy of engagement in the Francophone context, this interdisciplinary collection demonstrates that French and Francophone writers, artists, intellectuals and film-makers are using their work to confront unforeseen and unprecedented challenges, campaigns and causes in a politically uncertain post-9/11 world. Composed of eleven essays and a contextualising introduction, this volume is interdisciplinary in its treatment of engagement in a variety of forms, as it reassesses the relationship between different types of cultural production and society as it is played out in the twenty-first century. With a focus on both the development of different cultural forms (Part 1) and on the particular crises that have attracted the attention of cultural practitioners (Part 2), this volume maps and analyses some of the ways in which cultural texts of all kinds are being used to respond to, engage with and challenge crises in the contemporary Francophone world.


‘The editors’ aim to open up debate about the nature of political commitment in French and Francophone culture today is effectively served by this well-focused, interesting and incisive collection of essays. Engagement with the contemporary world and its power structures is shown to be a driving force across an impressively wide and varied range of institutional and cultural practices.’
-Professor Margaret Atack, University of Leeds

'Any of the essays would easily stand alone for research or classroom use, and undergraduate and graduate students alike would likely appreciate and benefit from exposure to the wide range of source material employed here.'
- Kathryn Kleppinger, The George Washington University, H-France Review


List of Illustrations
Introduction - Helena Chadderton and Angela Kimyongür
Part 1: Culture in Crisis? Evolving Cultural Forms in the 21st Century
Chapter 1: Engagement in la fiction d’affaires: François Bon and Thierry Beinstingel. - Helena Chadderton
Chapter 2: Evolutions of engagement: Renaud and la chanson engagée in 21st-Century France. - Rachel Howarth
Chapter 3: ‘Radical’ Independent Presses in France at the Turn of the 21st Century: a New Form of Political and Intellectual engagement? - Sophie Noël
Chapter 4: Charity engagements: Television Coverage of Les Restos du Coeur and Les Enfoirés. - Chris Tinker
Chapter 5: Plantu: caricaturiste engagé? - Sam Wilkinson
Chapter 6: Criminal engagements: Dominique Manotti and the Politics of Crime Writing. - Angela Kimyongür
Part 2: New Responses to New Crises: France and the Francophone World in the 21st Century
Chapter 7: Crime and Comedy: Dominique Sylvain’s Ingrid Diesel and Lola Jost Series Post 9/11. - Andrea Hynynen
Chapter 8: Michel Houellebecq, Masculinity and the Manipulation of Crisis. - Clive Hunter
Chapter 9: Voicing the Silence: Exposing French Neo-Colonial History and Practices in Mathieu Pernot’s Les Migrants. - Sophie Watt
Chapter 10: Engagement au marteau: Michel Onfray’s Université Populaire. - Jean-Frédéric Hennuy
Chapter 11:
New Aesthetics of engagement: Fatou Diome’s Kétala. - Charlotte Baker

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Angela Kimyongür

Dr. Angela Kimyongür is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Hull.

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