The Algerian Novel and Colonial Discourse: Witnessing to a Differend
|Lieu : New York, |
Éditeur : Peter Lang
Année : 2010
ISBN : 9781433110740
Pages : 228 p.
Type : Essai
Collection, autres éditions : Francophone Cultures and Literatures,
Langue : Anglais
During the last fifty years, Mouloud Feraoun, Mohammed Dib, Mouloud
Mammeri, and Kateb Yacine achieved significant international recognition
yet remain little known in the United States. Filling a pressing
need, The Algerian Novel and Colonial Discourse provides a critical
introduction and a new approach to the works of these Algerian novelists.
Beginning with an overview of their novels, this book goes on to
discuss critical approaches to them, challenging the widely held notion
that they are merely ethnographic, upholding the status quo. The
Algerian Novel and Colonial Discourse provides a new reading, and,
most significantly, argues that they are best read as witnesses to the
kind of conflict Jean-François Lyotard calls a différend—a conflict in
which one suffers an injustice and is at the same time deprived of the
means to argue. The Algerian Novel and Colonial Discourse then
examines the issue of humanism that the novels allegedly both appeal
to and reject and demonstrates that the Algerian authors’ condemnation
of colonialism is both a coherent political position and consistent
with their critique of liberal humanism. It concludes with a discussion
on the ongoing relevance of the Algerian novels.
The Algerian Novel and Colonial Discourse includes a glossary
and a short history of modern Algeria to provide readers with the
political and cultural contexts they need to understand its literature.
This combination of innovative theoretical approach and political
context makes this book of utmost importance for students of
Francophone literature and for literary critics interested in colonialism,
postcolonialism, and Lyotard’s philosophy.