Abstract

This essay acknowledges the success, in West Africa, of a collection of romance novels written in French. Launched in the 1990s by the Nouvelles Editions Africaines as the Adoras collection, the series has grown to become one of the most spectacular success stories in African (francophone) editorial history. This essay argues that the popularity of the Adoras novels not only as a popular genre but also as fiction in French can be perceived as troubling in a context where France is still perceived as the sole foyer of francophone creativity, where “higher” written genres are still struggling with legitimacy issues, and where critics typically declare the absence of a francophone African readership.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2044
Print ISSN
0034-5210
Pages
pp. 120-132
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-12
Open Access
No
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