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FRENCH WITHIN EUROPE AND BEYOND: THE CASE OF ‘FRANCOPHONE’ WRITERS

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English has not always been the obvious European lingua franca that defenders of multilingualism fear will endanger European diversity. France also has a long and strong tradition of linguistic interventionism and the attempt to impose French as a lingua franca beyond the borders of the nation state has led to a clear differentiation between French and Francophone literatures. Francophone literatures are presented as multicultural (therefore not ‘typically French’) and are attributed a specific status within the literary canon. In this chapter, I propose to concentrate on the characteristics of ‘Francophone’ texts and to describe the main literary strategies developed by Francophone writers to represent the linguistic practices born in multiculturalist contexts and to emphasize the multicultural nature of their works.

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