Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of by Lia Nicole Brozgal

By Lia Nicole Brozgal

The paintings of Tunisian Jewish highbrow Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is frequently learn as thinly veiled autobiography. wondering the present physique of feedback, which maintains this interpretation of so much fiction produced through francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal indicates how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts imprecise their no longer inconsiderable theoretical possibilities.

Calling recognition to the ambiguous prestige of autobiographical discursive and textual parts in Memmi’s paintings, Brozgal shifts the point of interest from the writer to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography locations Memmi’s writing and inspiration in discussion with numerous significant severe shifts within the past due twentieth-century literary and cultural panorama. those shifts comprise the quandary of the authorial topic; the interrogation of the shape of the radical; the resistance to the hegemony of imaginative and prescient; and the critique of colonialism. displaying how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate either inside and past their unique contexts, Brozgal argues for permitting works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be learn as advanced literary items, that's, now not easily as ethnographic curios yet as producing parts of literary concept on their lonesome terms.

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