Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2011

Abstract

The events of the early 1930s in Vietnam left an important legacy to France's literature of enquiry and protest. Writers, essayists and journalists enquired on behalf of their audiences, and in the process developed France's littérature coloniale. By showing an interest in the colonial 'other' and identifying discrepancies between imperial ideology and colonial reality, they formed a new body of thought. This new colonial humanism arguably changed metropolitan sensibilities towards the French civilizing mission. Nevertheless, while they are critical of colonial abuses and in favour of reforms, the authors discussed in this paper do not really question the French colonial project.

Keywords

Colonialism, Colonial Literature, French Indochina

Discipline

Asian History | Asian Studies | Military History

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

South East Asia Research

Volume

19

Issue

4

First Page

831

Last Page

853

ISSN

0967-828X

Identifier

10.5367/sear.2011.0075

Publisher

IP Publishing

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/sear.2011.0075

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