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Author Laroussi, Farid, author

Title Postcolonial counterpoint : orientalism, France, and the Maghreb / Farid Laroussi
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series University of Toronto romance series
University of Toronto romance series.
Contents States of postcolonial reading -- The Orient in question -- Orientalism and postcolonial studies -- Unfinished (literary) business : orientalism and the Maghreb -- André Gide and imperial dystopia -- Fables of Maghreb nationhood -- A view from diversité : writing and nation -- The challenge of identities and the French Republic
Summary "Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa. Thoroughly questioning the inability of Western academia to shake free of universalism and essentialism and come to grips with the Orientalism within postcolonial discourse, Farid Laroussi offers a cultural tour d'horizon which considers André Gide's writing on Algeria, literature by French authors of Maghrebi descent, and the conversation surrounding secularism and the headscarf in France. A provocative investigation of the place of Muslims and Islam in Francophone culture, Postcolonial Counterpoint asks how we must proceed if postcolonial studies is to make a difference in reconciling history, identity, citizenship, and Islam in the West."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Gide, André, 1869-1951.
French literature -- North African authors -- History and criticism.
French literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Islam -- France.
Muslims -- France.
Orientalism in literature.
Orientalism -- France.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Africa, North -- Relations -- France.
France -- Relations -- Africa, North.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442619015 (electronic bk.)
9781442619012 (electronic bk.)