Signifying Oppression, Desire and Paralysis in Joyce's Dubliners and Mohamed Dib's La Grande Maison
The Algerian writer Mohamed Dib wrote his first novel LA GRANDE MAISON in a period which share many similarities with the socio-historical context which witnessed the writing of James Joyce's DUBLINERS. This affinity in the historical context calls a comparative study which would explore the possible artistic convergences between the two works. The themes which we have set ourselves to investigate are those of desire and paralysis. The motivation behind this choice of theme is due to the fact that the background common to the two writers is that of oppression: the French colonial oppression for Dib, and the Irish catholic Church for Joyce. So how do Joyce and Dib signify oppression? and how to describe the comparative relationship that binds their respective work? These are two of the questions that we shall answer in our paper.
Keywords: James Joyce, Dubliners, Mohamed Dib, La Grande Maison
Mr Amar Guendouzi
Lecturer in English literature, Department of English