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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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Assia Djebar: History, Selfhood and the Possession of Knowledge

Assia Djebar: History, Selfhood and the Possession of Knowledge

(p.248) Chapter 5 Assia Djebar: History, Selfhood and the Possession of Knowledge
Autobiography and Independence
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This chapter examines two texts by Assia Djebar: L'Amour, la fantasia (1985) and Vaste est la prison (1995). It considers the ways in which Djebar seeks a path to the liberation of the self and of the wider community (notably the community of women, both past and present) through a re-examination of history and the relationship of the individual and of the collective to their histories. Her work also charts the way in which the possession of knowledge provides the possibility of resolving conflicts that may allow a different way of being in the postcolonial world.

Keywords:   women writers, women authors, selfhood, Amour la fantasia, Vaste est la prison, postcolonialism

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