One of the most widely ackwledged attributes of Francophone literature in general is that it brings wideranging socio-political issues to bear on literary theory, worldviews, and historical events. This study brings to light the resulting implications of this fact on the universal themes of femininity underlying the originating, unveiling, and demystifying that occur in the works of two of the best-kwn and most highly accomplished women writers of North African origin - Assia Djebar and Leila Sebbar. This study also concerns itself with these writers' texts and intertexts in their relationship with cultural manifestations and with language.
The Author: Rafika Merini was born in Morocco. She has been living in the United States since 1972 but she still travels extensively. She is credited with the securing of grants, conception, and development of the Trois-Pistoles French Immersion Program at SUCB/University of Western Ontario, which she directed in 1995. It is now in its fifth year of operation. She obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (SUNY). She is now Associate Professor of French at the State University College at Buffalo where she also coordinated the Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Unit for six years. Dr. Merini has contributed numerous articles to professional publications and is a frequent guest participant at conferences and workshops. She is also a published literary translator.