Branding the 'Beur' Author

Kathryn A. Kleppinger ’04, M.A. ’04

In Branding the “Beur” Author: Minority Writing and the Media in France, 1983-2013, Kathryn A. Kleppinger ’04, M.A. ’04, argues that sensationalizing journalists shape the promotion of writers of North African descent (aka beurs) authors by focusing only on those who employ a realist style and who engage on air with French identity politics, immigration, and the challenges faced by the country’s North African immigrants. But that dynamic elides the thematic and stylistic diversity of minority French authors and effectively predetermines which books will receive critical and commercial support. (Liverpool University Press, 2015)