A Stepmother Tongue: “Feminine Writing” in Assia. Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. By SOHEILA GHAUSSY. In Fantasia: An Algeri- an Cavalcade. an Algerian Feminist novel about the condition of the Algerian women under the french colonization. Assia Djebar intertwines in this novel the history of her. Assia Djebar’s book is a kind of a mutt. It’s part novel, part autobiography, and part history. In this section, the narrator’s describing the first battles in the French .

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In her later years, Djebar was the first writer from North Africa to be accepted into the Academie Francaise, and acted as a dantasia of Francophone literature at New York University.

She died in February Speaking neither for nor to her subaltern sisters, Djebar speaks with them, emphasizing the collective nature of female expression. Djebar realizes the ways in which her own story is intimately linked to the forgotten and silenced testimonies of other women: And speak for them? Shall I not at best find dried-up streams?


In telling their stories, Djebar and the women revolutionaries reclaim not only their individual and collective voices, but their bodies as well.

Speaking the self is linked in important ways to speaking the experience of female embodiment. Sidonie Smith articulates the intersection of subjectivity and body that occurs in autobiographical projects: The story of Djebar and the women freedom fighters is also the story of Algeria and the journey from colonization and subjugation to independent nation.

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The re-writing assiq history is a common step in the project of nationalism, but most often the revised history of a colonized nation continues to be a male-centered history see Gender and Nation. The dominant images of the novel — abduction and rape — sexualize the representation of Algeria, which becomes, in the final analysis, the female body.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Fantasia, an Algerian Cavalcade: In addition to finding moments in which the colonizers are forced to confront the problematic existence of women revolutionaries, Djebar presents the words of women freedom fighters themselves, translating them from Arabic djeabr French see Third World and Third World Women.


Considering the French invasion of and the twentieth century War of Algerian Independence, as well as adding pieces of her own autobiography, Djebar complicates the notion of linear history, presenting an alternative view of the interdependence of the personal and the national, the past, the present and the future. Oral Histories May 2, Glissant, Edouard November 4, Mies, Maria August 9, I need please the techniques used by asia djabar in fantasia.

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