Francophone writing is often concerned with questions of subjectivity and narrative agency, and its is this focus Michael Syrotinski, the author, takes as his point of departure in this volume. Using the works of V.Y. Mudimbe as a major theoretical reference, Syrotinski sets up a number of dialogues between francophone Africa literature, African philosophy, literary theory, postcolonial studies, cinema, cultural studies and history to arrive at the notion of a ""performative reinscription of subjectivity"". This text covers a wide range of francophone African writers, each of whom is read within a broader theoretical context related to African subjectivity: Mudimbe and the philosophical subject; Aoua Keita and autobiography; Bernard Dadie and ethnographic irony; Ousmane Sembene and Tierno Monenembo and the cinematic imagination; Veronique Tadjo and Werewere Liking and the female writing subject; and Sony Labou Tansi and the ""spectral"" subject. In this interdisciplinary weaving together of contemporary theory and literature, the focus on the francophone African subject allows for a richer application of the texture and rhetoric of the language of the texts themselves. What emerges from this study is the subject understood not as a single homogenized entity but as a plural celebration of singular francophone African subjectivites.
Michael Syrotinski, Reader in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, is the author of Defying Gravity: Jean Paulhan's Interventions in Twentieth-Century French Intellectual History and coeditor of Sensual Reading: New Approaches to Reading in Its Relations to the Senses.