Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and War by Pamela A. PearsRemnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and War by Pamela A. Pears

Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and War

byPamela A. Pears

Paperback | January 26, 2007

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In Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and War author Pamela A. Pears proposes a new approach to Francophone studies. The work uses postcolonial theory, along with gender and feminist inquiries, to emphasize the connections between two Francophone literatures, Algerian and Vietnamese. Specifically Pears focuses on four novels: Yamina Mechakra's La Grotte éclatée, Ly Thu Ho's Le Mirage de la paix, Malika Mokeddem's L'Interdite, and Kim Lefèvre's Retour à la saison des pluies. All four novels show the profound transformation of women's roles in Algeria and Vietnam during and following the presence of French colonialism. These four authors never attempt to unfold a clear and single definition of the postcolonial female subject. Instead, they explore the various subjective possibilities, expand on them, and ultimately place them in question. Although the differences between Algeria and Vietnam are striking, it is through their connections to one another that we can foreground postcolonial gender issues. Whereas geographical boundaries and official nationalities serve as divisive classifications, the links between the works lead us to a much more engaging dialogue and ultimate understanding of postcolonial Francophone literature.
Pamela A. Pears is assistant professor of French at Washington College.
Title:Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: Women, Words, and WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.91 × 6.03 × 0.63 inPublished:January 26, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739120220

ISBN - 13:9780739120224


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Framing, Defining, and Questioning Chapter 2 Making the Link Chapter 3 War Chapter 4 Postwar Fragmentation

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Pears has written a compelling study of Algerian and Vietnamese francophone women's writing. She argues convincingly that the experience of French colonialism, the changing role of women in society, and the narrative technique of fragmentation link the writings of Algerian novelists, Yamina Mechakra and Malika Mokeddem to Vietnamese writers Ly Thu Ho and Kim Lefèvre. As Pears aptly notes, women, words, and war are the vestiges of the colonial empire that France secured in the nineteenth century and lost in the twentieth. Cultural influences survive political and military struggles. These writers use the French language and innovative narrative techniques to express the complex nature of the postcolonial female subject.