We are Imazighen: The Development of Algerian Berber Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature and Cu (BOK)

Fazia Aitel

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To the world they are known as Berbers, but they prefer to call themselves Imazighen, or "free people." The claim to this unique cultural identity has been felt most acutely in Algeria in the Kabylia region, where an Amazigh consciousness gradually emerged after WWII. This is a valuable model for other Amazigh movements in North Africa, where the existence of an Amazigh language and culture is denied or dismissed in countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.

By tracing the cultural production of the Kabyle people--their songs, oral traditions, and literature--from the early 1930s to the end of the twentieth century, Fazia Aitel shows how they have defined their own culture over time, both within Algeria and in its diaspora. She analyzes the role of Amazigh identity in the works of novelists such as Mouloud Feraoun, Tahar Djaout, and Assia Djebar, and she investigates the intersection of Amazigh consciousness and the Beur movement in France. She also addresses the political and social role of the Kabyles in Algeria and in France, where after independence it was easier for the Berber community to express and organize itself.

Ultimately, Aitel argues that the Amazigh literary tradition is founded on dual priorities: the desire to foster a genuine dialogue while retaining a unique culture.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Fazia Aitel
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780813049397
Antall sider 304 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,4cm
Vekt 603 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Indigenous peoples