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Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World$
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Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319808

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Assia Djebar: ‘Fiction as a way of “thinking”’

Assia Djebar: ‘Fiction as a way of “thinking”’

(p.65) Chapter 4 Assia Djebar: ‘Fiction as a way of “thinking”’
Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World
Nicholas Harrison
Liverpool University Press

Ces voix qui m'assiègent…en marge de ma francophonie is the only book written by Assia Djebar that might be interpreted as theoretical. Nevertheless, she has made important contributions to postcolonial thought and the francophone. Djebar's engagement with ‘postcolonial’ issues is evident in her focus on a colonial history whose significance has often been underplayed or underrated by Europe. She has also written repeatedly about a post-independence Algeria that remains deeply influenced by its colonial history. Djebar's fiction challenges a certain Eurocentricity and some of the dominant narratives in post-independence Algeria in connection with religious and ethnic identity. Djebar's approach to Algerian politics must be seen in terms of her focus on women's lives and feminine perspectives.

Keywords:   Assia Djebar, postcolonial thought, francophone, colonial history, Algeria, Eurocentricity, ethnic identity, politics, women, fiction

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