School of American and Global Studies Faculty Publications with a Focus on Modern Languages and Global Studies
It Takes A Village…: Transgressing Rural Geographies In Sinapi's Camping à la ferme
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Politically and historically, France's definitions of identity have coincided with the idealization of its rural roots and frontiers (be it those of l' hexagone or la plus grande France). Throughout French history, various heads of state have encouraged a physical connection to the land, from Sully in the sixteenth century to Marechal Petain under Vichy, who said that "la terre" ("the land") was "la patrie" ("the nation"), thus locating the essence of the French country in its territory. Especially since the Third Republic, the connection between land and politics, nationhood and ideology have been not only cultural, but also legal. Through the 1889 consolidation of the droit du sol that grants French citizenship to individuals born on the French territory, the land has become the very place that literally, bestows nationality.
Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
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Taylor and Francis
Caquot-Baggett, Marie-Pierre, "It Takes A Village…: Transgressing Rural Geographies In Sinapi's Camping à la ferme" (2009). School of American and Global Studies Faculty Publications with a Focus on Modern Languages and Global Studies. 11.