Language and Identity in Assia Djebar's 'L'Amour, la Fantasia'
The quest for the comprehension of the female identity is central throughout the works of Assia Djebar. Her writings attempt to decompose the structure of the female existence in a pre-colonial and present-day Algeria. Throughout the narrative of "L’Amour, la fantasia", the experiences weathered by the female characters revolve around the issue of either embracing or rejecting their supposed identity. Djebar identifies three types of factors related to language affecting women in a colonial context: the French language in opposition to Arabic; written word contrasted with the oral tradition; and the role played by the female body. After showing how Djebar portrays the complexity of feminine Muslim identity, I will analyze how Djebar herself internalizes these conflicts and uses her novel to critique the colonization of North African female identity.
Keywords: Francophone Literature, Literary Analysis, Women's Studies, Post-colonial Theory, Cultural Studies, Identity
Ms Rachel Ellen Van Deventer
Masters Student, French, McMaster University
Her interest in francophone studies was sparked during the third year of her under-graduate degree while studying at the University of Grenoble in France.
Besides researching and teaching, Rachel also enjoys all types of music, the theatre and travelling.