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Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in by Vinay Swamy

By Vinay Swamy

examining the Republic specializes in modern French literary and cinematic works (1986-2003) that ponder what it skill to belong to a country akin to France via giving voice to people who locate themselves marginalized through French society. whereas citizenship and belonging will be, and certainly are, interpreted another way reckoning on the socio-cultural and political context, it's the foundational universalist republican precept of egalitarianism that has remained the sacred cow of French society. one of many significant claims of this examine is that the pressure of French nationwide discourse that makes an attempt to impose a definite homogeneity in its professional identificatory practices — all voters are French, and therefore distinction (ethnic, sexual or different) ceases to subject — is yet one of many many attainable interpretations of the thought of the Republic. Vinay Swamy seeks to teach how such supposedly unshakeable ideas, too, might be, and infrequently are, reinterpreted in novel methods by way of the works analyzed during this research, which carve out niches for his or her protagonists which are differently foreclosed within the French nationwide area. Swamy examines the various strategies of id deployed in works starting from early 'romans beurs' by way of Azouz Begag, Farida Belghoul and Soraya Nini, and Allah celebrity, the 2003 satirical novel by means of Y.B., to a couple of motion pictures together with Gazon maudit (1995), Ma vie en rose (1997), Le Placard (2001), Chouchou (2003), all of which (re)interpret the Republic so that it will legitimize their protagonists' another way marginalized social position(s). He demonstrates how these kind of works positioned strain, in a number of methods, on an unacknowledged realizing of the institutional positions. Vinay Swamy underscores many of the primary issues of those works, which come with a quest to resolve the often-thorny questions reminiscent of 'who represents the Republic' or 'who is represented by means of the establishment of republican ideals,' and as a corollary, 'who or what's now not represented?' In privileging moments of such wondering, analyzing the Republic underscores many of the discursive limits of the knowledge of multicultural id formation in modern France.

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