n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le livre francophone « fabriqué en Afrique » : enjeux éditoriaux et défis littéraires

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



In recent years, many publishing houses have been established in Africa. Among them, there are new and old publishers such as L'Harmattan-Paris. Having been established in Senegal first as a bookseller, this publisher today publishes many local authors in all genres (fiction, poetry, essay, memoirs, etc.). Indeed, L'Harmattan-Sénégal, which publishes many new writers and accompanies its literary output by large marketing campaigns through regular book launches as well as on the Internet, has shown itself to be a leader of local publishing. It is therefore evident that the presence on the continent of this publisher, whose practice has been criticized by some academics, poses the problem of (fair) competition between the European book industry and African publishers. Has the supposed rivalry between "old" and "new" publishers affected the aesthetic quality of the text published in Africa, compared to the "classic" work? What are the possible effects of this rivalry on the current literary production? How do African writers (Boubacar Boris Diop, Abasse Ndione, Ken Bugul, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdurahman A. Waberi, Sami Tchak, Tierno Monénembo, etc.) position themselves in this situation? How can African publishing be encouraged to be competitive in the global book market?

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