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- DescriptionDuring the last fifty years, Mouloud Feraoun, Mohammed Dib, Mouloud Mammeri, and Kateb Yacine achieved significant international recognition yet remain little kwn 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 velists. Beginning with an overview of their vels, this book goes on to discuss critical approaches to them, challenging the widely held tion that they are merely ethgraphic, 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-Francois Lyotard calls a different - 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 vels 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 vels. 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 invative 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.
- Author BiographyAbdelkader Aoudjit received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He teaches philosophy at Northern Virginia Community College. In addition, he is a regular contributor to Philosophy Now magazine.
- Author(s)Abdelkader Aoudjit
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication16/09/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleFrancophone Cultures & Literatures
- Series Part/Volume Number58
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2010
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight500 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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