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Open Access Boudjedra's Clinic: Colonial Madness in the Francophone Maghreb

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This essay enters the scene of the psychiatric clinic and its relationship to a violent history of deculturation in French colonial Algeria through Rachid Boudjedra's 1969 novel La R├ępudiation. I argue that La R├ępudiation offers a means of critiquing recent appropriations of psychoanalysis in postcolonial critique through its ironic instantiation of a wounded symbolic order that haunts the postcolonial sovereign state.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

    Please note that the Print ISSN listed for the journal on this website applies to volumes 1 to 10, and part of volume 16. All other volumes are published, in their entirety, on-line only.

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