Writerly Identities In Beur Fiction And Beyond by Laura ReeckWriterly Identities In Beur Fiction And Beyond by Laura Reeck

Writerly Identities In Beur Fiction And Beyond

byLaura Reeck

Paperback | July 16, 2013

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Writerly Identities in Beur Fiction and Beyond explores the Beur/banlieue literary and cultural field from its beginnings in the 1980s to the present. It examines a set of postcolonial Bildungsroman novels by Azouz Begag, Farida Belghoul, Leïla Sebbar, Saïd Mohamed, Rachid Djaïdani, and Mohamed Razane. In these novels, the central characters are authors who struggle to find self-identity and a place in the world through writing and authorship. The book thus explores the different ways all these novels relate the process of "becoming" to the process of writing. Neither is straightforward as the author-characters struggle to put their lives into words, settle upon a genre of writing, and adopt an authorial persona. Each chapter of Writerly Identities in Beur Fiction and Beyond focuses on a given author's own relationship to writing before assessing his or her use of the author-character as a proxy. In so doing, the study as a whole explores a set of literary questions (genre, textual authority, reception) and engages them against the backdrop of socio-cultural challenges facing contemporary French society. These include debates on education, cultural literacy, diversity and equal opportunity, and the "banlieue" environment. Finally, it argues in relation to the authors and novels in question for the particular relevance of "rooted and vernacular" cosmopolitanism, which suggests both that exploration of the world must begin at home and that stories are crucial for such explorations.
Laura Reeck is associate professor of French at Allegheny College.
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Title:Writerly Identities In Beur Fiction And BeyondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9.43 × 6.39 × 0.76 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073918332X

ISBN - 13:9780739183328

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Institutional Authorship and Cultural Literacy Chapter 4 Chapter One: Culture Wars and Critical Debate around Azouz Begag Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Outline of the Postcolonial Absurd in Farida Belghoul's Georgette! Part 6 Part II: Literary Adventurers and the World Chapter 7 Chapter Three: New Maps, New Conversations with Leïla Sebbar Chapter 8 Chapter Four: Telling Self and Telling History in Saïd Mohamed's La Honte sur nous Part 9 Part III: Writing on the Edge/from the Periphery Chapter 10 Chapter Five: Moving In and Beyond "écrivain de banlieue" with Rachid Djaïdani Chapter 11 Chapter Six: Violence and Poetry: Mohamed Razane and Qui fait la France? Chapter 12 Conclusion

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Writerly Identities provides a nuanced presentation of both established and emerging voices ofBeur and banlieue fiction, and is best suited for an advanced undergraduate course or graduateseminar on Beur and banlieue film and fiction. The main strength of Writerly Identities lies inReeck's sophisticated close readings, however, and her focus on the practice and politics ofwriting in the banlieue. As such, it constitutes an important and original contribution to the fieldof Beur and banlieue studies, providing a welcome break from the autobiographicalinterpretations that prevail in the mainstream reception of these works.