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The Heritage of the Algerian Independence War: a Harki’s Family History in L’art de perdre of Alice Zeniter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7251-8154
2018 (English)In: Presented at Global Challenges 2018. Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition - An international conference on critical theory, postcoloniality, migration and populism: Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden June 14-16, 2018, Växjö: Linnaeus University , 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The novel treats a difficult theme within the French and Algerian relations, one might even say a taboo, i.e. the history of the Harkis, the native Muslim Algerians who served as auxiliaries for the French army during the Algerian War of Independence from 1954 to 1962. The cruel history of the Algerian Independence War became a topic in the French media first at the end of the 20thcentury. On the contrary, in Francophone Algerian literature, it was one of the main topics although the history of the Harkis was not mentioned as such. The story is inspired by the author’s family history and relates the destiny of three generations, and where the main character, Naima, lives in today’s France.  The aim of this study was to examine why the family story was not told to Naima. The research is based on Tahar Ben Jelloun’s analysis of the concept of hospitality and Carolin Emcke’s study of hatred. It is shown how the novel gives a differentiated point of view of the historical facts’ impact on the family’s destiny by deconstructing the dichotomies between we and them, the enemy and the friend, French and Algerian.

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Växjö: Linnaeus University , 2018.
Keywords [en]
Alice Zenither, Francophone Algerian Literature, Harki, Hospitality, hatred
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Specific Languages General Literature Studies
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Humanities, French literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82148DiVA, id: diva2:1306844
Conference
Global Challenges 2018. Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition - An international conference on critical theory, postcoloniality, migration and populism. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden June 14-16, 2018
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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