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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France$
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Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941138

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.001.0001

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Moving Beyond the Legacies of War in Second-Generation Harki Narratives

Moving Beyond the Legacies of War in Second-Generation Harki Narratives

(p.112) Moving Beyond the Legacies of War in Second-Generation Harki Narratives
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Susan Ireland

Liverpool University Press

Despite the proliferation of memory works related to the Algerian war of independence, remembrance of the conflict has resulted, for the most part, in the coexistence of parallel, often conflicting narratives of specific constituencies such as the harkis, the pieds-noirs, and French conscripts. This chapter examines the corpus of memory works portraying the harkis, many of which were written by the sons and daughters of harkis who grew up or were born in France. In particular, it focuses on the small but growing number of texts which privilege the depiction of interactions between the different memory carriers and their descendants. Through their interweaving of intersecting stories and overlapping trajectories, these narratives give voice to a desire to move beyond the transmission of positions determined during the war and, as such, move a step closer to creating the shared memories advocated by historian Benjamin Stora.

Keywords:   postmemory, trauma, reconciliation, harkis, Algerian War

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