Modern Languages

Transnational French Studies: it’s not all baguettes and berets

By Charles Forsdick and Claire Launchbury As a site of arrival, transit and departure, the airport epitomizes the transnational. Exemplary in this regard is France’s largest international airport, Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle. Opened in 1974, by taking the name of the recently deceased de Gaulle, it sought to project French exceptionalism, a renewed national self-confidence in the aftermath … 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