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The work of Tunisian Jewish intellectual Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is often read as thinly veiled autobiography. Questioning the prevailing body of criticism, which continues this interpretation of most fiction produced by francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal shows how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts obscure their not inconsiderable theoretical possibilities.

Calling attention to the ambiguous status of autobiographical discursive and textual elements in Memmi’s work, Brozgal shifts the focus from the author to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography places Memmi’s writing and thought in dialogue with several major critical shifts in the late twentieth-century literary and cultural landscape. These shifts include the crisis of the authorial subject; the interrogation of the form of the novel; the resistance to the hegemony of vision; and the critique of colonialism. Showing how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate both within and beyond their original contexts, Brozgal argues for allowing works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be read as complex literary objects, that is, not simply as ethnographic curios but as generating elements of literary theory on their own terms.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxviii
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  1. 1 Of Authors and Archives
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2 Writing Back to Whom?
  2. pp. 37-70
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  1. 3 Writing without Seeing
  2. pp. 71-108
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  1. 4 From Colonizer and Colonized toDecolonization and the Decolonized
  2. pp. 109-154
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  1. Continuations
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-196
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803248298
Related ISBN
9780803240421
MARC Record
OCLC
860923099
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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