I will do research at the Archives Nationales de l'Outre-Mer or ANOM (National Archives of Overseas Territories) of Aix-en-Provence, France, the most important research venue for material on French overseas territories. My goal for this project is to spend two months at the Archives to refocus my research area. The archives collection contains a wealth of monographs and papers published on and in these territories since the seventeenth century. I plan on doing in-depth reading of published and unpublished material on New Caledonia and Polynesia. I am especially interested in how fictional stories written at various periods of the twentieth century register the changes in the policies of the colonial administration. This will be the focus of my reading and research, using mainly the fictional works and supplementing these reading with historical accounts. Due to increasing interest of students about this emerging field of study, our French program now offers two seminars on contemporary Francophone (outside Europe) culture and literature. This new focused research area will better meet the needs of students. A better grasp of the inner working of colonialism in these islands will allow me to use my knowledge to other main French-speaking areas we also study in my seminars such as Northern and Western Africa. Eventually, the results of this research should lead to a book project on the evolution of fictional works of New Caledonia and French Polynesia in the twentieth century.