French and Francophone Studies | Seminar – Neither French nor Italian: poetry as a hybrid contact zone in Francophone Italy and Francoprovençal France
French and Francophone Studies seminar
Neither French nor Italian: poetry as a hybrid contact zone in Francophone Italy and Francoprovençal France
In this paper, which is related to a current book project provisionally entitled Poetry in the Provinces: Reclaiming Provincialism in Nineteenth-Century France (under contract with LUP), my aim is to reflect on the role of poetry in patois as a hybrid contact zone that challenges the borders of the nation state. Via a cross-investigation of some specific examples of poetry in “patois” from the two sides of the Alps, the main questions here will be: what happens when different authors share a common language across the Franco-Italian border? To which literary tradition(s) are they contributing? What is these poets’ perception of their own (poetic) language, especially in relation to the national language? Through poetic examples taken from such authors as the Valdôtain Jean-Baptiste Cerlogne (1826-1910), the Savoyarde Amélie Gex (1835-1883), via mentions of other texts by poètes patoisant.e.s such as the miner-poet from Denain (Nord) Jules Mousseron (1868-1946), the overall objectives of this paper will be to encourage 1. A more nuanced, multilingual, and diversified discourse around the very meaning of “Francophonie”; 2. A broader reflection aimed at challenging the stale nexus between linguistic unity and the nation-state, which is typical of a Post-Revolutionary “one language, one nation” ideology; 3. A transprovincial outlook that re-values the idea of provincialism as an empowering, multicultural tool, rather than a derogatory word denoting narrow-mindedness.
About the presenter
Valentina Gosetti is a poetry translator and an Associate Professor in French at the University of New England in Australia. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DE200101206: Provincial Poets and the Making of a Nation) funded by the Australian Government.
For more information, contact: Dr Victoria Souliman (email@example.com)