148 REVIEWS L’Empire de la litt´erature: penser l’indiscipline francophone avec Laurent Dubreuil. Sous la direction d’ANTHONY MANGEON. (Plurial.) Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016. 228 pp. This edited volume collects presentations from two recent colloquia on the work of Laurent Dubreuil, held in May 2012 (Montpellier) and April 2013 (Ecole normale supe´rieure, Lyon). The volume is divided into three sections, the ﬁrst of which (‘Parcours critiques’) consists of ﬁve chapters that serve to introduce and survey Dubreuil’s work, including transcriptions of discussions and round tables with Dubreuil, Anthony Mangeon, and others. Other pieces discuss such topics as literary thought and history, and philology and critique. A second sec- tion then more directly addresses Dubreuil’s Empire du langage (Paris: Hermann, 2008)and what one might term its critique of (post)colonial discourse. Viviane Azariane discusses the language politics of French colonial administration and military organizations, and how these regimes were effectively troped by writers such as Bakary Diallo and Lamine Senghor; Maxime Del Fiol investigates similar textual strategies in Ahmadou Kourouma’s Monn`, e outrage et d´ﬁ e s (1990); Ce´dric Chauvin brings certain of Dubreuil’s ideas regarding literary ‘possession’ and animism to bear upon Patrick Chamoiseau’s Les Neuf Consciences du malﬁni (2009); Ce´line Sin explores in turn the implications of Dubreuil’s theory of literary posses- sion for writings on Haiti (Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Daren, Mimerose Beaubrun) in which textual production becomes a phenomenological unfolding of both knowledge and possession. Finally, the volume’s third section collects a number of recent, unpublished pieces by Dubreuil: a short piece on literary critique and professional ‘specialization’; a rich and interesting piece on ‘Anachronisme et e´ve´nement’, which addresses postcolonial and contemporary (French) theory, ranging widely across these ﬁelds of thought to touch on everything from Chakrabarty to Derrida and Badiou, Haiti and Heidegger, to linger on the problematic conjuncture of historicity and the universal in recent critical theory. The volume then concludes with the transcription of another panel discussion with Dubreuil, focusing on recent critical theory from Derrida to Badiou, and its relation with the French literary ﬁeld. The volume constitutes a rich investigation of Dubreuil’s manifold thought, addressing the contemporary conjuncture of (French) critical theory and francophone postcolonial liter- ature. If at times the transcriptions of multiple round-table discussions veer into the arcania of Franco-American academic and journal politics, and the (non-)place of postcolonial studies therein, the volume nonetheless constitutes a rich and rewarding study of this important contemporary ﬁgure of francophone postcolonial literary studies. NICK NESBITT doi:10.1093/fs/knx248 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY V. Y. MUDIMBE, The Mudimbe Reader. Edited by PIERRE-PHILIPPE FRAITURE and DANIEL ORRELLS. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016. 280 pp. V. Y. Mudimbe’s is a difﬁcult mind to do justice to and, with the requisite breadth and depth of insight, to represent properly in an anthology of his work. However, Pierre Philippe Fraiture and Daniel Orrells succeed admirably in this. Their accomplishments begin not so much with the texts they select, but with their attention to Mudimbe as a thinker. In their long and substantial Introduction, the editors provide a full, detailed, and complex account of Mudimbe’s trajectory, tracing his background, delineating his politics, explicating his resistance to Mobutu’s ‘nationalization project’. Most importantly, they attend — one of the volume’s consistent threads — to how Mudimbe is shaped by his fraught relationship with the Benedictine monastic order he served and from which Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/fs/article-abstract/72/1/148/4732359 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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