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Patrick Crowley
Australian Journal of French Studies
Literatures in French Today: Markets, Centres, Peripheries, Transitions
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This article draws on Pierre Bourdieu’s analysis of the relationship between contemporary developments in print-capitalism — such as the vertical integration of means of production and distribution — and the literary avant-garde, and takes it in two directions. The first questions the extent to which these developments have, or have not, weakened the hold of Parisian publishers — and the dominance of French literature — on literatures in French published outside France. The second, related angle of enquiry questions the decline of the avant-garde at the expense of a thematics of the “real” that takes a number of forms, one of which is the postcolonial. The thrust of the argument is that this contemporary transitional moment sees French literature in a state of flux within broader, transnational configurations.
doi :10.3828/ajfs .2013.1
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