Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Shifting Frontiers of France and Francophonie

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Shifting Frontiers of France and Francophonie

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Yvette Rocheron and Christopher Rolfe (eds), Shifting Frontiers of France and Francophonie (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2004), 347pp. Paper. $68.95. ISBN 0820456195.

The editors of this book have selected a number of papers from the conference held at the University of Leicester in September 2000. Inevitably the result of the gap between publication and the date of the conference means that some of the papers now seem rather dated. Geoff Hare's paper on 'Is French Football still French?' seems to refer to events that took place a very long time ago. Gavin Boyd's paper 'Romania and la francophonie since Ceausescu' refers obviously to the situation as it was in the 1990s, and much has happened to affect the position of Romania since then. On the other hand Margaret Majumdar's 'Francophonie: the Caribbean dimension' and the papers by Mohamed Benrabah and Dawn Marley on Algeria and Morocco respectively still read very well. These papers all come in the first section, 'Francophone Nations, Identities and Languages', apart from Hare's which is in the second section on 'France, Nationhood and Fragmentation'. Here, the most impressive paper is by Honora Naughton on the problems of Elf, showing what a sad loss her early death is. …

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