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 existing physique of feedback, which keeps this interpretation of such a lot fiction produced by way of francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal exhibits 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 components in Memmi’s paintings, Brozgal shifts the focal point from the writer to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography locations Memmi’s writing and notion in discussion with numerous significant severe shifts within the past due twentieth-century literary and cultural panorama. those shifts comprise the hindrance of the authorial topic; the interrogation of the shape of the unconventional; the resistance to the hegemony of imaginative and prescient; and the critique of colonialism. exhibiting how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate either inside of and past their unique contexts, Brozgal argues for permitting works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be learn as complicated literary items, that's, now not easily as ethnographic curios yet as producing components of literary thought on their lonesome terms.
 

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