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Decolonising the IntellectualPolitics, Culture, and Humanism at the End of the French Empire$
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Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380321

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380321.001.0001

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Kateb Yacine Poetry and Revolution

Kateb Yacine Poetry and Revolution

(p.205) 6 Kateb Yacine Poetry and Revolution
Decolonising the Intellectual

Jane Hiddleston

Liverpool University Press

The interaction between literature and politics preoccupies all the writers in this study, but it is Kateb Yacine whose poetic creativity has been seen as no less than revolutionary. The revolutionary power of poetic writing is nevertheless a controversial notion, and even Kateb's inspirational writing practice raises difficult questions concerning what type of political contestation can be expressed in different forms of intellectual writing. This chapter sets out to analyse how the very opacity and the circuitous structure of Kateb's writing might be considered to be bound up with a process of political contestation akin to that recommended by Glissant. At the same time, Kateb's understanding of ‘revolution’ as the continual movement of peoples is seen to be performed in the circular and digressive structure of his writing across different texts, though these are also punctuated with depictions of rebellion that testify to a more immediate call for change.

Keywords:   Kateb Yacine, poetry, revolution, rebellion, opacity

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