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Borrowed FormsThe Music and Ethics of Transnational Fiction$
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Kathryn Lachman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380307

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380307.001.0001

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Edward Said and Assia Djebar Counterpoint and the Practice of Comparative Literature

Edward Said and Assia Djebar Counterpoint and the Practice of Comparative Literature

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(p.59) Chapter Two Edward Said and Assia Djebar Counterpoint and the Practice of Comparative Literature
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Borrowed Forms
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Kathryn Lachman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380307.003.0003

This chapter examines Said's theory of counterpoint in relation to Assia Djebar's novel Les Nuits de Strasbourg (1997). Said proposed musical counterpoint both as a strategy for rethinking the polarized hatred in the Middle East, and as a model on which a more worldly, inclusive and responsible practice of comparative literature could be founded. Djebar's novel employs counterpoint to place Franco-Algerian history within the context of an increasingly multicultural Europe in which communities are forced to make sense of multiple, competing histories. Through a reading of Djebar's work, this chapter offers a precise, textual approach for understanding how counterpoint plays out in contemporary fiction. It also traces the influence of counterpoint on subsequent critical theories.

Keywords:   Edward Said, Assia Djebar, counterpoint, history, multidirectional memory, Antigone, Leila Sebbar, Jacques Derrida, Algerian war, amnesty, relation

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