Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

...The “eureka” moment of this book may be traced to a snow day in Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 2001. The nor’easter that paralyzed the city and forced the cancellation of that day’s graduate seminar had the fortuitous consequence of affording me precious extra hours to finish reading...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxviii

...and calling unproblematically upon the author’s own statements about his or her work as a basis for interpretation. Of course, innovative theoretical approaches have certainly been brought to bear on this corpus of primary material, and my goal is neither to essentialize the totality of the critical production on the Maghrebi novel in French nor to turn a blind eye to the various...

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1 Of Authors and Archives

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pp. 1-36

...Together with the rise of high theory in the 1960s and the feminist “revolutions” of the 1970s, the emergence and recognition of francophone literatures has been hailed as one of the most important changes witnessed by the field of French studies in the past half-century. The “Francophone turn” brought with it myriad...

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2 Writing Back to Whom?

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pp. 37-70

...for instance, is a bildungsroman that recounts the struggles of protagonist Alexandre Mordechai Benillouche, a poor Tunisian Jew for whom the acquisition of French culture and language offers vital new possibilities while at the same time alienating him from his religious...

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3 Writing without Seeing

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pp. 71-108

...premonitory dreams for which I still have no explanation, despite the help of doctors. During a stay in Argentina a series of flashes caused a definitive lesion in my right eye. In addition to permanent discomfort . . . I am haunted by worries about the health of my other eye.”2 Finally, in a radio interview, Memmi links the incidence of ocular disorders in Tunisia to the country’s climate...

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4 From Colonizer and Colonized toDecolonization and the Decolonized

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pp. 109-154

...The essay’s trajectory over time and across international borders speaks to the relevance of Memmi’s analysis for other instances of colonization and dominance—a phenomenon further underscored by the text’s availability in multiple translations...

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Continuations

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pp. 155-162

...To the litany of putative philosophical deaths—of God, man, and the author—we have been summoned to add another: the death of francophonie. The call to unseat this construct, which Albert Memmi professed to have lived spontaneously, “like Monsieur Jourdain wrote prose,” came in the form of “Toward a ‘World...

Notes

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pp. 163-196

Works Cited

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pp. 197-214

Index

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pp. 215-223