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Vierges blessées: Représentations de la virginité féminine dans les œuvres et témoignages d’écrivaines (franco)algériennes et (franco)marocaines depuis 2000

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For more than ten years, many francophone (Franco-)Algerian and (Franco-)Moroccan women writers have been breaking the silence on the persistent taboo of female virginity in their traditional patriarchal societies. At a time when the demands for certificates of virginity and hymen repairs appear to be growing, and considering the lack of sociological studies conducted in Algeria or Morocco on sexual practices, they help to highlight the violent forms – physical or symbolic – of socialization and dominations which compelled or still constrain female sexuality in an androcentrist system. Based on the works of some of these authors, as well as on unpublished interviews, this article seeks to shed light on the strategies of resistance and transgression that these writers – and their characters – implement speaking about this ‘ordinary’ violence against North African women.

Keywords: Algérie; Maghreb; Maroc; littérature féminine francophone (Maghreb); sexualité féminine (Maghreb); virginité féminine (Maghreb)

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Université de Versailles

Publication date: 2012-12-10

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