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Maïssa Bey : romancière de l’agentivité de femmes

Entre réécriture de l’Histoire et invention de soi

Lila Lamrous    Université Clermont Auvergne (CELIS), France    



The study of Maïssa Bey’s novel Surtout ne te retourne pas allows to examine how the Francophone novel represents an earthquake as a poetic, metaphorical and political shockwave. The novel is part of a literary tradition but also shows the singularity of the writing and the engagement of the Algerian novelist Maïssa Bey. It allows to examine the feminine agentivity in the context of the disaster camps in Algeria: from the ravaged space/country emerge the voices of women who enter into resistance to improvise, invent their lives and their identities. The earthquake allows them to free themselves, to take a subversive point of view at society and their status as women in an oppressive patriarchal society. The staged female characters arrogate to themselves the right to reread history and take their destiny back.

22 Dicembre 2020
19 Giugno 2020
11 Aprile 2020

Keywords: Poetics and engagementMaghreb Francophone LiteratureAgencyPostcolonial theoryWomen’s Literature

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