CfP for Panel at NeMLA 2018

„Representing ‘Frenchness’ in Anglophone TV Series, Cinema, Songs and Literature“

NEMLA 2018, April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburg, PA, USA

This panel proposes to examine the various ways in which French and Francophone identities from France, Quebec and other French-Speaking countries, are represented in Anglophone cultural productions such as feature-length films, TV series, and songs, but also in literature of all genres (novel, poetry, non-fiction). Throughout the centuries, stereotypes and symbols about French and Francophone cultures have developed and travelled around the Anglophone world (the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) and shaped the way Anglophones on a global scale perceive Francophones. In advertisements, for instance, concepts such as fashion, luxury products, intellectualism and haute cuisine often emerge as commonly shared representations of ‘Frenchness.’ What images and symbols of ‘Frenchness’ do France and French-speaking people project to the Anglophone world today? Or, we could also ask ourselves how do Anglophones perceive and interpret ‘Frenchness’? […] In our global world, instant access to authentic French and Francophone audiovisual (pop) cultural productions such as songs, films, or TV series via the Internet is easy and mostly free to anyone around the world. Yet, ‘Frenchness’, as represented in Anglophone literary, visual or musical cultural productions sometimes contrasts with or at least differs from the reality of today’s French-speaking societies.

See the full CfP here.

Deadline for submissions: Sept. 30, 2017.

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