Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Branding the 'Beur' AuthorMinority Writing and the Media in France$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kathryn A. Kleppinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381960

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381960.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 26 June 2022

Rachid Djaïdani and the Shift from Beur to Banlieue Writing

Rachid Djaïdani and the Shift from Beur to Banlieue Writing

(p.162) Chapter V Rachid Djaïdani and the Shift from Beur to Banlieue Writing
Branding the 'Beur' Author

Kathryn A. Kleppinger

Liverpool University Press

In response to the discourses presented above, this chapter considers one male voice, Rachid Djaïdani, responding to the accusations of criminality and violence. Through his three novels (Boumkœur (1999), Mon nerf (2004), Viscéral (2008)) and two films (Sur ma ligne (2006), Rengaine (2012)), Djaïdani challenges standard stereotypes regarding the violence of young men in France’s ghettos. He portrays young men suffering from on-going unemployment and frustration but generally attempting to forge futures for themselves. Several characters seek salvation through art, either as writers or as actors. In his interviews Djaïdani first accepted all questions asked of him and readily discussed social and political matters. As his career has progressed, however, he has become increasingly vocal in his defence of his artistic engagement, telling interviewers that his work is not only socio-political but artistically nuanced as well. He struggles to articulate his support of universalism in literature as he also relies on many standard images of criminality and violence, but he pushes his viewers to reconsider how ethnic minority authors are treated in French literature.

Keywords:   Beur, Banlieues, Rachid Djaïdani, Terrorism, La Haine (film), Universalism

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.