Modern Languages

Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook

By Jennifer Burns and Derek Duncan (eds) The term ‘handbook’ probably suggests some kind of guide or even instruction manual informing the reader what they need to know to get on top of a particular topic. Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook has a different set of ambitions and priorities, not least because ‘Transnational Modern Languages’ … Continue reading

History, Modern Languages, postcolonial studies

As statues fall: rethinking the blindspots of French national memory

By Etienne Achille, Charles Forsdick and Lydie Moudileno Pierre Nora’s collective volume Les Lieux de mémoire (1984-1992) has been widely recognized as one of the most important historiographical interventions of the late 20th century. Emerging initially from a context dominated by debates around how to commemorate the bicentenary of the French Revolution in 1989, the … Continue reading

Modern Languages

The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Culture – Five Minutes with Jennifer Solheim

'How do voices find listeners?' To celebrate the release of The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Culture, we caught up with Jennifer Solheim to discuss the representation of music and listening. The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Culture argues that globalized media has allowed for efficient transmission of transnational culture, why do you think this is … Continue reading

Modern Languages

‘World-literature in French’: Ten Years On

To celebrate Free Read Friday this month, Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, interviewed Alain Mabanckou and Abdourahman Waberi to discuss the impact of the 2007 manifesto for a 'world-literature in French'. Ten years ago, on 15 March 2007, Le Monde des Livres published a manifesto advocating a  'world-literature in French'. Pointing to … Continue reading