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Author Kleppinger, Kathryn A., author

Title Branding the 'beur' author : minority writing and the media in France, 1983-2013 / Kathryn A. Kleppinger
Published Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2015
©2015
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 271 pages): illustrations
Series Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures ; 36
Contemporary French and francophone cultures ; 36
Contents Authorship at a crossroads : the changing faces of French writing, 1983-2013 -- Mehdi Charef and the invention of beur writing -- Competing visions of minority authorship : Azouz Begag and Farida Belghoul -- Eyewitness narratives and the creation of the beurette -- Rachid Djaïdani and the shift from beur to banlieue writing -- Revising the beurette label : Faïza Guène's ongoing quest to reframe the reception of her work -- Sabri Louatah and the Qui fait la France? Collective : literature and politics since 2007
Summary "Branding the 'Beur' Author focuses on the mainstream media promotion of literature written by the descendants of North African immigrants to France (often called beurs). These conversations between journalists and 'beur authors' delve into contemporary debates such as the explosion of racism in the 1980s and the purported role of Islam in French society in the 1990s. But the interests of journalists looking for sensational subject matter also heavily shape the promotion and reception of these novels: only the 'beur authors' who employ a realist style to write about the challenges faced by the North African immigrant population in France--and who engage on-air with French identity politics and immigration--receive multiple invitations to participate in interviews. Previous scholarship has taken a necessary first step by analysing the social and political stakes of this literature (using labels such as beur and/or banlieue to designate its urban, economically distressed setting), but this book argues that we must move beyond this approach because it reproduces the selection criteria deployed by the media to determine which books receive the most commercial and critical support. By demonstrating how minority-based literary labels such as 'francophone' and 'postcolonial' are always already defined by the sociopolitical context in which books are published and promoted, Branding the 'Beur' Author establishes that these labels are tautological and cannot reflect the thematic and stylistic richness of beur (and other minority) production in France."--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-264) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject African fiction (French) -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- Minority authors -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
French literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism.
French literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
French literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
French literature.
Mass media and literature -- France.
Mass media and minorities -- France.
North Africans in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1781384800 (electronic bk.)
9781781384800 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Minority writing and the media in France, 1983-2013