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Autobiography and IndependenceSelfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French$
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Debra Kelly

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236597

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312625

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Mouloud Feraoun: Life Story, Life-Writing, History

Mouloud Feraoun: Life Story, Life-Writing, History

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(p.53) Chapter 2 Mouloud Feraoun: Life Story, Life-Writing, History
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Autobiography and Independence
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236597.003.0003

This chapter examines the work of Mouloud Feraoun, covering Le Fils du pauvre (1950) and his published letters and diaries, which have received less critical attention. The aim is to follow the construction of a life story through expression in different narrative forms. Feraoun is also an important starting point because his life story bears witness not only to a childhood and youth spent under French colonisation, but also to the events leading to independence in Algeria, which stand at one extreme of the experience of colonisation in the Francophone world.

Keywords:   Le Fils du pauvre, letters, diaries, life story, narrative, French colonization

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