Aquatic Tropes in Francophone Postcolonial Cultures (Part 1) (Panel)


French and Francophone

Alexis Finet (Florida State University)

Aquatic forms feature prominently in Francophone Postcolonial literature, film, and critical theory. These aqueous forms manifest as waterscapes, corporeal fluids, water-related natural disasters, and marine ecosystems and life forms. While bodies of water can be conceived as a metaphor for hybrid identities, as emphasized by Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), they also take on numerous other metaphorical meanings.

This session invites inquiries into aquatic tropes in Francophone Postcolonial cultural and literary works. It examines the representation of a broad range of aquatic forms that include but are not limited to maritime and inland waterways (oceans, seas, rivers, waterfalls), corporeal fluidity, and marine life forms to investigate how they inform and shape new readings of Francophone postcoloniality and broader questions related to hydro-criticism in the Francosphere.

Moving beyond the common metaphorical association of waterways as liquid expanses that are traversed and serve as bridges across physical, metaphorical, and historical transitions, this panel seeks to engage depictions of waterscapes and marine life forms that embody rupture, fear, destruction, death, and enigma. Manifestations of liquidity and fluidity, corporeal or otherwise, that redefine boundaries of time and space and facilitate forms of renewal and rebirth will also be considered.

Proposals may be in French or English.

This session invites inquiries into aquatic tropes in Francophone Postcolonial cultural and literary works to investigate how they inform and shape new readings of Francophone postcoloniality and broader questions related to hydro-criticism in the Francosphere. It seeks to engage depictions of waterscapes and marine life forms that embody rupture, fear, destruction, death, and enigma. Manifestations of liquidity and fluidity, corporeal or otherwise, that redefine boundaries of time and space and facilitate forms of renewal and rebirth will also be considered. Proposals may be in French or English.