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Lunchtime Talk on Modern Algerian Literature

When Nov 21, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Common Room
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Contact Phone 01223 765083
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Modern Algerian Literature: Its Languages, Contexts and Concerns

Dr Amar Guendouzi, University of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria

All welcome. Bring your lunch!

[ lecture handout - copies will be available on the day ]

Modern Algerian Literature was born in a specific context linked mostly to the anti-colonial struggle. Since its inception in the late colonial period (1940s-50s), it has witnessed different phases of development and produced outstanding authors, such as Kateb Yacine, Tahar Ouettar, Assia Djebar and Ahlam Mosteghanemi.

The talk will introduce the contexts and languages of modern Algerian literature and highlight the literary and socio-political concerns of each context. Three contemporary novels (one in Arabic and two in French) will then be reviewed in the light of the issue of the (colonial) past, which remains a major concern in Algerian fiction.

Dr Amar Guendouzi teaches Literature and Postcolonial Theory at the university of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria. He is also a visiting professor in postcolonial studies at a number of universities in Algeria. His research publications and interests include African literatures in English, Trauma studies, and EFL education. His last papers on Algerian literature are “Assia Djebar and the Legacy of French Colonialism in Algeria: Subalternity and Mimicry in Nowhere in my Father’s House” in Journal of North African Studies (January 2017), and “Contemporary Algerian Fiction, Trauma, and the ‘War of Memories’” in Journal of Romance Studies (Summer 2017).

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