Confrontation on the Multiethnic French Stage

(Roundtable)


French and Francophone / Comparative Literature

Anna G. R. Miller (New York University)

In the modern era, migration and the intersection of cultures, languages, and peoples that it creates has become a highly politicized, divisive topic. Looking at theatre that represents migration and the multiethnic, multicultural, and multinational French-speaking communities that it has created both outside the hexagon and in France, the panel will explore the theme of confrontation. We will examine plays and performances that dramatize confrontation in its many forms, including, but not limited to, confrontation resulting from recognition, suppression, denial, or celebration of difference. In doing so we will consider the ways in which French-language theatre questions concepts of identity and alterity. The panel is open to scholars of French and Francophone Literature, Theatre, and Comparative Literature. Abstracts may be written in either French or English.

In the modern era, migration and the intersection of cultures, languages, and peoples that it creates has become a highly politicized, divisive topic. Looking at theatre that represents migration and the multiethnic, multicultural, and multinational French-speaking communities that it has created both outside the hexagon and in France, the panel will explore the theme of confrontation. We will examine plays and performances that dramatize confrontation in its many forms, including, but not limited to, confrontation resulting from recognition, suppression, denial, or celebration of difference. In doing so we will consider the ways in which French-language theatre questions concepts of identity and alterity. The panel is open to scholars of French and Francophone Literature, Theatre, and Comparative Literature. Abstracts may be written in either French or English.