Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory (BOK)

Lia Nicole Brozgal

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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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Lia Nicole Brozgal
Forlag
Marston Book DMARSTO Orphans
ISBN 9780803240421
Antall sider 256 Dimensjoner 14,7cm x 22,4cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 463 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: post-colonial literature