Professor of Francophone Literature at the University of Strasbourg, formerly lecturer at Stanford (California), Cergy-Pontoise and Montpellier III (Paul-Valéry). Author or editor of a number of works, including La pensée noire et l’Occident, Sulliver, 2010; Postures postcoloniales, Karthala-MSH-M, 2012, and Anthropolitiques, Karthala-MSH-M, to be published at the end of 2014
The relationship between Africa and the West both fuels and explains its history. “Africa”, “West” or “East” are all names inherited from Antiquity whose shifts in meaning and reference reveal a number of relational patterns. Although the Greeks called Africa Aethiopia, or “the country of burnt faces”, the Romans called it Lybia, reserving the name of Africa for their province of North Africa instead. Later used to designate...
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