Persistent misunderstandings divide postcolonial theory and French and francophone criticism. French criticism tends to view postcolonial theory as excessively general and, above all, as ideological. The textuality of post-colonial discourse, however, in the Foucauldian sense, suggests ways of bridging anglophone and francophone critical theory, which are actually closer than they at first appear.
Dominique Combe is Professor in French literature and literary theory at the École Normale Supérieure, France and Dean of International Relations. He is also in charge of the joint Master’s “Theory of Literature” (ENS/EHESS/Paris-Sorbonne). He has taught in various universities in France (Avignon, Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and abroad as a permanent or visiting professor (University of Cairo, University of Fribourg, University of Oxford, Middlebury College, University of Montreal, University of Tokyo). His main research fields are literary theory, poetics, and francophone and French modern poetry. He has published eight books about nineteenth and twentieth century French poets (Rimbaud, Césaire, Bonnefoy), literary genres, and francophone and postcolonial literature (French Antilles, Maghreb, Middle East, Quebec, Europe). He is a member of the “République des Savoirs,” a research team in humanities, sciences and philosophy.
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