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Autobiography and Independence: Selfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French

Debra Kelly


This book offers an in-depth study of the autobiographical writings of four twentieth-century writers from North Africa — Assia Djebar, Mouloud Feraoun, Abdelkébir Khatibi and Albert Memmi — as they explore issues of language, identity and the individual's relationship to history. The book places these writers in a clearly defined theoretical context, introducing and contextualising each of the four through the application of postcolonial studies and literary theory on autobiography linked to close textual reading of their works. Avoiding both psychoanalytical theory and approaches concerned p ... More

Keywords: North Africa, Assia Djebar, Mouloud Feraoun, Abdelkébir Khatibi, Albert Memmi, language, identity, history, testimony value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780853236597
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312625


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra Kelly, author