Sami Tchak’s Afropean Generation
The term Afropean suggests an effort to create more inclusive and tolerant visions of European and national identities. How then to account for the work performed by the hostility in a text such as Sami Tchak's Place des Fêtes (2001), whose transgressive young Afropean narrator delights in voicing racist stereotypes, anti-immigrant clichés and fierce criticisms of the diasporic nostalgia of his father's generation? This chapter investigates how Tchak's narrator uses these stereotypes and clichés to dramatize the contradictions that render him both an insider and outsider in France, his only home. In the end, the narrator's Afropean defiance represents neither a tragic failure to integrate into French society nor a rejection of French values, but rather the standpoint from which he generates his own subversive and transformative interpretations of France's landscape of alterity.
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