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Polygraphies
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Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Algeria's independence, Polygraphies is significant and timely in its focus on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from Algeria today, including Maïssa Bey, Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, and Malika Mokeddem. These authors witnessed both the "before" and "after" of the colonial experience in their land, and their fictional and theoretical texts testify to the lasting impact of this history. From a variety of personal perspectives and backgrounds, each writer addresses linguistic, religious, and racial issues of crucial contemporary importance in Algeria. Alison Rice engages their work from a range of disciplines, striving both to heighten our sensitivity to the plurality inherent in their texts and to move beyond a true/false dichotomy to a wealth of possible truths, all communicated in writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction. The Witness Stand: Where the Truth Lies
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I. The Autobiographical Springboard
  2. p. 25
  1. 1. Le moi à plusieurs reprises: From Confession to Testimony in the Autobiographical Writings of Hélène Cixous and Assia Djebar
  2. pp. 27-45
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  1. 2. La singularité de l’altérité: Self-Portraiture and the Other in Maïssa Bey
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. Part II. Takeoff Points
  2. p. 59
  1. 3. La terre maternelle: Algeria and the Mother in the Work of Marie Cardinal, Hélène Cixous, and Assia Djebar
  2. pp. 61-85
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  1. 4. ‘‘La célébration d’une terre-mère’’: Albert Camus and Algeria according to Maïssa Bey and Assia Djebar
  2. pp. 86-96
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  1. Part III. Embodiments
  2. p. 97
  1. 5. Écrire les maux: Hélène Cixous and Writing the Body over Time
  2. pp. 99-108
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  1. 6. Sexualités et sensualités: Corporeal Configurations in the Work of Maïssa Bey, Assia Djebar, Malika Mokeddem, and Leïla Sebbar
  2. pp. 109-125
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  1. Part IV. Reverberations
  2. p. 127
  1. 7. Ruptures intimes: Sentimental Splitting in the Work of Assia Djebar
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. 8. Lourds retours: Coming Back to Algeria in Malika Mokeddem’s L’Interdite
  2. pp. 140-150
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  1. 9. Fille de harki: Relating to the Father, Country, and Religion in the Writing of Zahia Rahmani
  2. pp. 151-163
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  1. 10. Fabulation et imagination: Women, Nation, and Identification in Maïssa Bey’s Cette fille-là
  2. pp. 164-185
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  1. Conclusion. Mass in A Minor: Putting Algeria on the Map
  2. pp. 186-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-213
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-225
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-243
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