Postcolonial Paris: Fictions of Intimacy in the City of Light

Postcolonial Paris: Fictions of Intimacy in the City of Light

by Laila Amine


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In the global imagination, Paris is the city's glamorous center, ignoring the Muslim residents in its outskirts except in moments of spectacular crisis such as terrorist attacks or riots. But colonial immigrants and their French offspring have been a significant presence in the Parisian landscape since the 1940s. Expanding the narrow script of what and who is Paris, Laila Amine explores the novels, films, and street art of Maghrebis, Franco-Arabs, and African Americans in the City of Light, including fiction by Charef, Chraïbi, Sebbar, Baldwin, Smith, and Wright, and such films as La haine, Made in France, Chouchou, and A Son.

Spanning the decades from the post–World War II era to the present day, Amine demonstrates that the postcolonial other is both peripheral to and intimately entangled with all the ideals so famously evoked by the French capital—romance, modernity, equality, and liberty. In their work, postcolonial writers and artists have juxtaposed these ideals with colonial tropes of intimacy (the interracial couple, the harem, the Arab queer) to expose their hidden violence. Amine highlights the intrusion of race in everyday life in a nation where, officially, it does not exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299315801
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laila Amine is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Texas. She was born and grew up in France.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 
Introduction: The Paris Kaleidoscope   
1 Colonial Domesticity   
2 Romance and Brotherhood    
3 The New Harem     
4 Other Queers  
5 Embodying the City
Coda: Everyday Islamophobia                     

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