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La (Re)Construction Textuelle de L'identité Chez Faïza Guène et Abdellah Taïa
The Textual (Re)construction of Identity with Faïza Guène and Abdellah Taïa

Author(s): Monica Hărşan
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii Transilvania din Brasov
Keywords: identity; autofiction; culture clash; marginality; Beur literature

Summary/Abstract: This paper focuses on the re-construction of non-fictional (personal and cultural) identity through textual mechanisms with contemporary francophone authors of North-African origin, relying on two recent representative illustrations: the novels Kiffe kiffe demain by Faïza Guène (2004) and L’armée du salut by Abdellah Taïa (2006). This approach means to defend – aesthetically and thematically – the general tendency of these marginal «écritures de soi» to mainly rely on “testimonial” discourses, as a viable alternative to – or as a literary way of dealing with – identity issues (and crises) related to postcolonial culture clash(es).

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 35-50
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: French
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