Interventions autobiographiques des femmes du Maghreb: écriture de contestation

 
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Interventions autobiographiques des femmes du Maghreb: écriture de contestation
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2013
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April 2nd, 2013
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Interventions autobiographiques des  femmes du Maghrebexplores the compelling contributions made to the genre of autobiography by several North African women writers: Assia Djebar, Sakinna Boukhedenna, Fatiah, Fatima Mernissi and Malika Oufkir. They created a new self or "I" and a new identity characterized by complexity, elasticity and hybridity. The book shows how this opened up new sensibilities and possibilities in North African (Maghrebine) literature. Interventions autobiographiques also demonstrates how these women blended Arab, Islamic and "Western" autobiographical or confessional practices, at once reflecting and contributing to the rich cosmopolitanism of the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the "I" in these autobiographical texts frequently morphed into a collective "we" or "us", a sisterhood that included subaltern voices – often recovered from oral traditions. Such  “autobiographical interventions” could thereby become subversive, disturbing existing webs and narratives of power in North African nation-states, France (the former colonial ruler) and beyond. 

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