Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Autobiography and IndependenceSelfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Debra Kelly

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236597

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312625

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 11 April 2021

Conclusion: A Place in the World

Conclusion: A Place in the World

(p.334) Conclusion: A Place in the World
Autobiography and Independence
Liverpool University Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. The four writers examined became, to varying degrees, alienated from their traditional cultural environment and made an intellectual effort in order to cope with that alienation. At the same time, all of them analyse the predicament of the colonial and postcolonial intellectual, frequently retaining a solidarity with their community while being critical of it. They are also all clear on the need to write themselves out of dominant systems of representation, to remove themselves as inventions of the colonial imagination, while simultaneously decolonising themselves from that colonial imagination and from their own ambivalent desire for the West; to posit themselves as subjects. The chapter also raises two rather more open-ended issues that have hovered around many of the readings here. The first is the challenge that all of these writers pose to the notion of the hegemony of European historical, philosophical and literary discourses; the second concerns their contribution to debates concerning identity, whether of individuals or groups, at various levels of contemporary society, and to the role of the writer and to literature generally.

Keywords:   alienation, colonial intellectual, postcolonial intellectual, hegemony, European discourse, identity

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.