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Déambulations aux confins de la langue et de la mémoire collective: le cas d’Assia Djebar

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Djebar distinguishes herself from other writers of her generation by the primacy she assigns to the feminine in the elaboration of knowledge and the rehabilitation of collective memory. She has shown herself to be a committed writer, determined to rethink the place of women in Muslim society. Her critical approach is inscribed within an interdisciplinary framework and is impacted by both new historicism and postmodern theories. Her use of metafiction allows her to transgress the theoretical barriers raised by traditional criticism. This transgression is visible in almost all her works, which show with elegance the impossibility of separating the fictional and the historical. To separate herself from the dominant discourse, Djebar locates herself and her writing entre-rivages. She dialogues with both Western and Oriental cultural traditions. In this study, special attention will be given to the strategies Djebar uses to re-establish the ancient memory and to rethink the place of women rawiyates (storytellers) in the elaboration of historical discourse.

Keywords: Entre-rivages; Littérature Algérienne; Marges vs. centres; Mémoire; Métafiction; Rawiyates; Réinvention de l’histoire; Transnationalisme; Écriture de femmes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijfs.6.2.87/0

Affiliations: Colorado State University

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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