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Author Rice, Alison, 1973-

Title Polygraphies : Francophone women writing Algeria / Alison Rice
Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction. The witness stand: where the truth lies -- The autobiographical springboard. Le moi à plusieurs reprises: from confession to testimony in the autobiographical writings of Helene Cixous and Assia Djebar; La singularité de l'altérité: self-portraiture and the other in Maissa Bey -- Takeoff points. La terre maternelle: Algeria and the mother in the work of Marie Cardinal, Helene Cixous, and Assia Djebar; "La celebration d'une terre-mère": Albert Camus and Algeria according to Maissa Bey and Assia Djebar -- Embodiments. Écrire les maux: Helene Cixous and writing the body over time; Sexualités et sensualités: corporeal configurations in the work of Maissa Bey, Assia Djebar, Malika Mokeddem, and Leila Sebbar -- Reverberations. Ruptures intimes: sentimental splitting in the work of Assia Djebar; Lourds retours: coming back to Algeria in Malika Mokeddem's L'interdite; Fille de harki: relating to the father, country, and religion in the writing of Zahia Rahmani; Fabulation et imagination: women, nation, and identification in Maissa Bey's Cette fille-là -- Conclusion. Mass in A minor: putting Algeria on the map
Summary "Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Algeria's independence, Polygraphies is significant and timely in its focus on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from Algeria today, including Maïssa Bey, Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, and Malika Mokeddem. These authors witnessed both the "before" and "after" of the colonial experience in their land, and their fictional and theoretical texts testify to the lasting impact of this history. From a variety of personal perspectives and backgrounds, each writer addresses linguistic, religious, and racial issues of crucial contemporary importance in Algeria. Alison Rice engages their work from a range of disciplines, striving both to heighten our sensitivity to the plurality inherent in their texts and to move beyond a true/false dichotomy to a wealth of possible truths, all communicated in writing."--Project Muse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Algerian literature (French) -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Women in literature.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Women authors, Algerian -- Political and social views
Women authors, Arab -- Algeria -- Political and social views
Women and literature -- Algeria -- History -- 20th century
Feminism and literature -- Algeria -- History -- 20th century
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- French.
Algerian literature (French) -- Women authors
Feminism and literature
Postcolonialism in literature
Women and literature
Women authors, Arab -- Political and social views
Women in literature
Algeria -- In literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012002036
ISBN 0813932939
Other Titles Francophone women writing Algeria