This is an exploration of Francophone communities from the 19th century to the present. It is a special Issue of Paragraph edited in 2001 by Celia Britton and Michael Syrotinski on Francophone Texts and Postcolonial Theory played a determining role in shaping the research field it helped to map. Ten years later, this collection of ten articles provides an opportunity to explore Francophone communities from a range of perspectives which similarly engage with today's most pressing questions in Francophone-Caribbean studies and postcolonial studies more generally. The contributions draw on material from different historical moments, ranging from the 19th century to the contemporary period, and explore questions of literature, culture, society and thought from across the Francophone Caribbean and beyond. They will bring together original work by some of the leading scholars in those fields, including Charles Forsdick, Kate Hodgson, Martin Munro, Lorna Milne, Eli Park Sorenson, Mary Gallagher, Maeve McCusker and Michael Syrotinski.
Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at Liverpool University. Mairead Hanrahan is Professor of French at University College London. Martin Munro is Professor of French and Director of the Winthrop-King Institute, Florida State University.