The first part of this volume, La Francophonie ou l'eloge de la diversite, is devoted to Francophone cinema, between Bollywood and Hollywood. What in particular does Francophone cinema have to offer compared with American or Indian cinema? What more does Francophone cinema have to offer? What genres does it prefer? For what audience? The second part deals with the promotion of diversity in Francophone countries, taking into consideration the cultural aspects of Francophonie in the 21st century, the linguistic description of systems in contact, tracing the historical stages which have led to the creation of this locus of cultural diversity, and focusing finally on university cooperation and Franco-British scientific research. This book brings together contributions by outstanding authors who gathered in Oxford in October 2010 at the Maison francaise, including: Louis-Jean Calvet: Professor at the University of Provence. In collaboration with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, he works on language policy, particularly the struggle to maintain linguistic diversity. Bernard Cerquiglini: Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie. An eminent linguist and specialist on the French language, Bernard Cerquiglini is known as the Professor from TV5 Monde's Merci Professeur! Philippe Lane is the Cultural Attache at the French Embassy in London. Gudrun Ledegen: Sociolinguist, Lecturer in Linguistics at the Universite de la Reunion. She specialises in contact between French and Creole in La Reunion. The discussion is complemented by contributions by Maryse Bray, Karine Chevalier, Anne-Caroline Fievet, Helene Gill, Amelie Hien, Gaelle Planchenault and Alena Podhorna-Policka.
About the Author: Michael Abecassis is a Senior Instructor in French and a College Lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on French linguistics and cinema. His publications include The Representation of Parisian Speech in the Cinema of the 1930s (2005), Le francais parle au XXIeme siecle in two volumes (2008), with Laure Ayosso and Elodie Vialleton, and Les Voix des Francais in two volumes (2010) with Gudrun Ledegen. Gudrun Ledegen is a Senior Lecturer in French and Linguistics at the Universite de la Reunion. She has published on French Linguistics and Contact Linguistics. Her publications range from Le bon usage. Les etudiants et la norme linguistique (2000), to Anciens et nouveaux plurilinguismes. En hommage a Nicole Gueunier (2003), Pratiques linguistiques des jeunes en terrains plurilingues (2007) and Les Voix des Francais in two volumes (2010) with Michael Abecassis. Karen Zouaoui holds an Agregation in English (French teaching qualification) and has taught French at the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford, as well as English at the Universities of La Sorbonne and of Paris Diderot where she is now completing her Doctorat on the British avant-garde of the 1960s.