Maghrebi Crossings: North African Authorship and the Media in France
George Washington University - Department of Economics
ASA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper
Based on research recently completed for a book manuscript, this paper analyzes ways in which novels written by the children of North African immigrants to France (commonly called beurs) have been debated and discussed on mainstream television. With its rich heritage of literary programming on the airwaves, France is a fruitful domain of study. Authors are frequently invited to appear in interviews, and this medium is a crucial way for them to make a larger public aware of their work. Through close readings of both the novels under study as well as the ways in which they have been promoted on television, it becomes clear that the authors who are invited to make the rounds of interviews fulfill certain expectations: that they address contemporary sociopolitical concerns and that they offer some sort of insider perspective on these matters. These conversations thus reveal both the frames of reference used to understand the North African community in France as well as the ways in which these authors are situated in the literary field and in French society more broadly.
Date posted: March 22, 2013
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