E-resources on Black Lives Matter and decolonisation in the Francophone world

Over the years, Cambridge University Library has gathered an important collection of Francophone and (North) African / Caribbean material and postcolonial studies, through a selection policy in foreign languages and translations beyond what we receive by legal deposit. It ranges from history to philosophy, literature, sociology, politics or arts (see previous blogpost on “Black models” in visual culture and modern arts). However, only some of these resources are available as ebooks: unfortunately, few titles in French are currently available online, with the exception of the Open Access platform OpenEdition. A lot of extra (Anglophone) resources were opened to members of the University of Cambridge on temporary access during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cambridge University Library has just subscribed to the packages EBSCO Ebook Academic Collection and Proquest Academic Complete, which total c. 400,000 ebooks. Gallica, the online portal of the French national libraryholds many resources (digitised books and periodicals), but because of copyright, only extracts are available for many relevant works. The list below, which is completed by additional bibliographic e-resources on the French collections website, is only indicative and focuses on the 20th century. 

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001)


Black, French, and African : A Life of Léopold Sédar Senghor Janet G. Vaillant. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [1990].

In Senghor’s shadow art, politics, and the avant-garde in Senegal, 1960-1995 / Elizabeth Harney. Durham : Duke University Press, 2004.

Léopold Sédar Senghor : [exposition], Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, 25 novembre 1978-18 février 1979 / Michèle Dorsemaine, Alfred Fierro, Josette Masson. Paris :  Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1978.

The Concept of Negritude in the Poetry of Leopold Sedar Senghor/ Sylvia Washington Ba. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2015]

Jean El-Mouhoub Amrouche (1906-1962) Jean El-Mouhoub Amrouche, pour une théorie de la décolonisation : études sur l’image de soi / Aziza Yakoubi Lounis. Frankfurt : Peter Lang GmbH : Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2014.
Aimé Césaire (1913-2008)


Discourse on colonialism / Aimé Césaire ; translated by Joan Pinkham. A poetics of anticolonialism / by Robin D.G. Kelley. New York : Monthly Review Press, 2000.

The complete poetry of Aimé Césaire / translated by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman ; introduction, notes and glossary by A. James Arnold. Bilingual edition. Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, 2017. 

The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land Bilingual Edition / Aimé Césaire ; translated and edited by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman. Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2013.

A, B, C– ésaire : Aimé Césaire de A a Z / Patrice Louis. Matoury, Guyane : Ibis Rouge Editions, 2003.

Aimé Césaire / Gregson Davis. Cambridge, U.K.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997 ; 2004 printing.

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961)



















Alienation and freedom / Frantz Fanon ; edited by Jean Khalfa and Robert J.C. Young ; translated by Steven Corcoran. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Black skin, white masks / Frantz Fanon ; translated by Charles Lam Markmann ; forewords by Ziauddin Sardar and Homi K. Bhabha. New edition. London : Pluto, 2008.


An analysis of Frantz Fanon’s Black skin, white masks / Rachele Dini. London : Routledge, 2017.

An analysis of Frantz Fanon’s The wretched of the earth / Riley Quinn. London : Routledge, 2017. 

Fanon : the postcolonial imagination / Nigel C. Gibson. Cambridge, U.K. : Polity Press ; Malden, MA :  Blackwell Pub., 2003.

Fanon’s dialectic of experience / Ato Sekyi-Otu. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1996.

Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s critical theory and the dialectics of decolonization / Reiland Rabaka. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2011.

Frantz Fanon / Pramod K. Nayar. 1st ed. New York : Routledge, 2013. 

Frantz Fanon and emancipatory social theory : a view from the wretched / edited by Dustin J. Byrd, Seyed Javad MiriLeiden ; Boston : Brill, 2020.

Frantz Fanon and the future of cultural politics : finding something different / Anthony C. Alessandrini. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2014.

Frantz Fanon : conflicts and feminisms / T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. 

Frantz Fanon critical perspectives / edited by Anthony C. Alessandrini. New York : Routledge, 1999.

Frantz Fanon, my brother : doctor, playwright, revolutionary / Joby Fanon ; translated by Daniel Nethery. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2014.

Frantz Fanon : philosopher of the barricades / Peter Hudis. London : Pluto Press, 2015.

Frantz Fanon’s ‘Black skin, white masks’ : new interdisciplinary essays / Max Silverman, editor. Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2018.

Frantz Fanon : the militant philosopher of third world revolution / Leo Zeilig. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2016.

Frantz Fanon : toward a revolutionary humanism / Christopher J. Lee. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2015.

Whither Fanon? : studies in the blackness of being / David MarriottStanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2018.

Albert Memmi (1920-2020)


Racism / Albert Memmi ; translated by Steve Martinot. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2000. 

The Desert Or, the Life and Adventures of Jubair Wali al-Mammi / Albert Memmi ; translated by Judith Roumani. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2015.

Against Autobiography : Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory / Lia Nicole Brozgal. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

Decolonization and the decolonized / Albert Memmi ; translated by Robert Bononno. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

Cheikh Anta Diop (1923-1986) The African origin of civilization myth or reality / Chiekh Anta Diop; [edited and] translated from the French by Mercer Cook. Antériorité des civilisations nègres. New York : Lawrence Hill Books, 1974.
Ahmadou Kourouma (1927-2003)


The suns of independence / Ahmadou Kourouma ; translated from the French by Adrian Adams. Cambridge, England : ProQuest LLC ; London : Heinemann, 2008.

Fondements et représentations identitaires chez Ahmadou Kourouma, Tahar Ben Jelloun et Abdourahman Waberi / Cheikh Mouhamadou Diop. Paris : Harmattan, 2008.

Edouard Glissant (1928-2011)


The fourth century Le quatrième siècle / Edouard Glissant ; translated by Betsy Wing. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

Édouard Glissant a poetics of resistance / Sam Coombes. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Edouard Glissant / J. Michael Dash. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Glissant and the Middle Passage : philosophy, beginning, abyss / John E. Drabinski. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Le discours choral : Essai sur l’œuvre romanesque d’Édouard Glissant / Christian Uwe. Brussels : P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2017.

Le roman-monde d’Édouard Glissant. Totalisation et tautologie / Katell Colin, Québec, Les Presses de l’Université de Laval, 2008.

Rêver le monde, écrire le monde : théorie et narrations d’Édouard Glissant / Carminella Biondi, Elena Pessini. Bologna : CLUEB, 2004.

Theorizing Glissant : sites and citations / edited by John E. Drabinski and Marisa Parham. New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015.

Think like an archipelago : paradox in the work of Edouard Glissant / Michael Wiedorn. Albany, New York : SUNY Press, 2018.

Cheikh Hamidou Kane (1928-) Ambiguous adventure / Cheikh Hamidou Kane ; translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Cambridge ; Oxford : Heinemann, 2008.
André (1928-2006) et Simone (1938-) Schwarz-Bart  Marrane et marronne : La co-écriture réversible d’André et de Simone Schwarz-Bart / Kathleen Gyssels. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi. 2014.
Mongo Beti (1932-2001)


Cruel City A Novel / Mongo Beti ; translated by Pim Higginson. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013.

King Lazarus: a novel / Mongo Beti. [London?] : Heinemann, 1970.

Mission to Kala / Mongo Beti. Oxford : Heinemann, 1964.

Perpetua and the habit of unhappiness / Mongo Beti ; translated from the French by John Reed & Clive Wake. London : Heinemann Educational, 1978.

Remember Ruben / Mongo Beti. London : Heinemann, 1980.

The poor Christ of Bomba / Mongo Beti ; translated by Gerald Moore. London : Heinemann, 1971.

Frankétienne (1936-) Dézafi Franketienne ; translated and with an introduction by Asselin Charles. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2018.

Écritures du chaos : lecture des oeuvres de Frankétienne, ed. Reinaldo Arenas, Joël Des Rosiers. Lille : Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2000.

Frankétienne and rewriting : a work in progress / Rachel Douglas.  Lanham, Md : Lexington Books, 2009.

Patrick Chamoiseau (1953-) Patrick Chamoiseau : A Critical Introduction / Wendy KnepperJackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Patrick Chamoiseau : espaces d’une écriture antillaise / Lorna Milne. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2006. 

Patrick Chamoiseau : recovering memory / Maeve McCusker. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2011.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (1955-)


Islam and Open Society : Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal Souleymane Bachir Diagne ; translated from French to English by Melissa McMahon. Oxford, U.K. ; African Books Collective, 2010.

Open to Reason : Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition / Souleymane Bachir Diagne. New York, NY : Columbia University Press, 2018.

Postcolonial Bergson / Souleymane Bachir Diagne ; translated by Lindsay Turner ; foreword by John E. Drabinski. New York : Fordham University Press, 2019. [until 31 August 2020]

The Ink of the Scholars Reflections on Philosophy in Africa / Souleymane Bachir Diagne ; translated from French by Jonathan Adjemian. Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2017.

Achille Mbembe (1957-)


Critique of Black reason / Achille Mbembe ; translated by Laurent Dubois. Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.

Necropolitics / Achille Mbembe ; translated by Steven Corcoran. Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.

On the postcolony / Achille Mbembe. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.

Alain Mabanckou (1966-) Blue White Red A Novel / Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Alison DundyBloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 2013.

Lettres noires : des ténèbres à la lumière / Alain MabanckouParis : Collège de France, 2016. 

The tears of the black man / Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Dominic Thomas. Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2018.

Wilfried N’Sonde (1968-) Concrete flowers : a novel / Wilfried N’Sondé ; translated by Karen LindoBloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2018.

The Heart of the Leopard Children / Wilfried N’Sondé ; translated by Karen Lindo ; foreword by Dominic Thomas. Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2016.

The silence of the spirits / Wilfried N’Sondé ; translated by Karen LindoBloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2017.

Mame-Fatou Niang 


Identités françaises : banlieues, féminités et universalisme / par Mame-Fatou Niang. Leiden ; Boston : Brill-Rodopi, 2019.

The bibliography was produced with the support of the French department and I would like to thank in particular Hugo Azerad and Jean Khalfa. I would be happy to receive further suggestions for relevant e-resources available through iDiscover at french@lib.cam.ac.uk

Irène Fabry-Tehranchi

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