SUBJECT GUIDE -- Researching La francophonie





Compiled by Professor Cristina LaPorta of the Humanites Department and Professor Lisa Tappeiner of the Library


HCC Library Databases

Search these databases on campus or at home to find the full text of articles on francophone culture and literature. Use individual authors as your search terms (e.g. Maryse Conde, Assia Djebar, or Jacques Roumain) or search by place and subject (e.g. Haiti and literature or Algeria and postcolonialism). Having trouble finding articles? Visit our Ask a Librarian page and contact us.


Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for nearly 3,200 multidisciplinary scholarly publications—from the humanities and ethnic studies to science and health.


e-Duke Scholarly Collection
The e-Duke Scholarly Collection includes online access to twenty-nine humanities and social science journals published by Duke University Press.


This electronic journal service provides full text access to more than 400 journals in language and literature, Latin American and Asian studies, political science, history, business, arts and sciences, and other fields in the social sciences and humanities. Journal coverage begins with the first issue of each journal, in some cases going as far back as the 1800s. Current journals are not entered into the database for 1 to 5 years.


Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a completely full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources.


Project Muse
Project MUSE provides full-text coverage for over 300 quality journals from 60 scholarly publishers. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.


International Index to Black Periodicals
IIBP Full Text draws its current content from international scholarly and popular periodicals in Black Studies and contains full-text coverage of core Black Studies periodicals. It covers a wide array of humanities-related disciplines including art, cultural criticism, economics, education, health, history, language and literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology, among others.


Recommended Readings in Francophone Literature

Reclaiming the past, building the future. The Caribbean writer and the crisis of history

‘J'ai toujours été une personne un peu à part’: questions à Maryse Condé

Language maintenance and spread: French in Algeria

Éloge de l'absence dans La Femme sans sépulture d'Assia Djebar. (French)

The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria,1930--1954 (Book review)


Websites in Francophone Studies

Literature & culture of francophone Africa & the diaspora (Brown University)
Organization internationale de la francophonie

Ressources électroniques en Littérature francophone (Bibliothèque -- Université Paris 8)