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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As I said, not simple to read, but well worth the journey through Djebar’s peculiar mode of expression. But in the personal chapters that come in between, Djebar is as much concerned with male dominance as with colonialism.

I need please the techniques used by asia djabar in fantasia.

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But with privilege came guilt and irony. Write A Comment Cancel Reply. The Fantasia she wishes dead, that Djebar celebrates the death knell of, is ultimately a product of both the colonial violence that has kept Algeria in states of violence for nearly years, and the masculinity that prioritizes honor in the form of dead or brutalized women and tradition over a reading of Islam grounded in love.

She has won many prizes, and Fantasia: Her second feature, La Zerda, won a prize at Berlin in Djebar should have had more confidence in her audience, or put the metafictional part of her musings in a separate context.

Views Read Edit View history. Violence did indeed spread throughout the country, as djebad, for example, by the Philippeville massacre of August 20,in which approximately 80 Algerian guerrillas attacked and killed Assoa civilians in the mining town of El-Halia.

Modern Language Association http: She gives birth at sea, burying her aesia child there. An interesting piecing together of different views to create a sense of history and identity. So we have a book which is inaccessible and praised fantsaia the literary establishment despite its radical inversion of colonial structures This one came to me as a recommendation to follow Clarice Lispector’s short stories.

Still a lovely way to humanize the experience of the French conquest of Algeria and the National Liberation movement. In Fantasia Djebar dejbar bonds with the maternal world she left behind.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar

Ik mis alleen wat, maar ik weet niet precies wat ik mis. About 2, Algerian women joined the maquisqssia armed national resistance. The next few pages describe the arrival of the French fleet on June 13,and the beginning of the French conquest. They are both joyful and devastating fractures.


As they strolled through the Paris streets together, at every crossroads the girl’s eyes instinctively avoided the tricolour flag whose red reminded her of the blood of her compatriots recently guillotined in a Lyons prison In time Djebqr would shift from advocating full integration of Algeria into France to promoting a Muslim Algeria in close cooperation with France. Still, I admire the goals and thoughts of this book enough that I will likely look into Djebar’s work further.

I understand the need to abrogate and appropriate imperial structures but wonder if it can be less painful. In her later years, Djebar was the first writer from North Africa to be accepted into the Academie Francaise, and acted as a professor of Francophone literature at New York University.

In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in to the War of Liberation of the s. A woman walking her daughter to school realizes that asxia girl will learn to write, and that writing will both expose her to oppression and give her the means to overcome it.

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This summary follows in sequence the narrative strands of the novel to render its effect in brief:. Apparently when the French diplomat replied that the king would not lower himself to correspond with the dey, the dey struck the consul with a fly whisk. Later, Djebar attended a Quranic private boarding school in Blidawhere she was one of only two girls. By the French primeminister, Prince Jules de Polignac, had succeeded in convincing the monarch that an invasion of Algeria would boost his flagging popularity.

In time to the rhythm of the rebatoI am alternately the besieged foreigner and the native swaggering off to die, so there is seemingly endless strife between the spoken and written word A story comes near the end of the book, interspersed with an old woman telling of her hardships in supporting the freedom struggle, the house burned down about her, tramping into the hills.

Djebar is obsessed with the “word”, especially the written word and its strength. She is struck in the face by the charging horse of the French lover she has rejected. The shock of the first words blurted out: I believe she wanted her stories to reach a wider audience, particularly in France where she wished to remind readers of France’s brutal treatment of her people in the midth century and later during the bloody war in independence,as well as France’s attempted absorption of the Algerian culture into its own.


You escape Algeria momentarily for Paris, the uneasy relationship, love found between two young people there, even as they remain trapped in the webs of revolutionary fratricidal violence: Extremely conservative, the code once again made unmarried women dependents of their family and married women the legal dependents of their husbands.

The French army responded with overwhelming violence, killing approximately 12, Algerians Ruedy, pp.

Most remained anonymous, although a few became well-known historical figures. She is “frequently associated with women’s writing movements, her novels are clearly focused on the creation of a genealogy of Algerian women, and her political stance is virulently anti-patriarchal as much as it is anti-colonial. I wait amid the shatter sheaf of sounds, I wait, forseeing he inevitable moment when the mare’s hoof will strike down any woman who dares to stand up freely, will trample all life that comes out into the sunlight to dance!

By committing her experiences to the printed page, the writer removes the veils of privacy that some Algerians, particularly Islamic fundamentalists, consider necessary. Without context, it’s easy to assume a novel in French about Algeria or Morocco titled Fantasia would be some uncomfo Fantasia is a book in two parts, which alternate before one narrative takes over.

She adopted the pen name Assia Djebar when her first novel, La Soif Hunger was published inin France where she was studying at the Sorbonne. An Algerian CavalcadeHeinemann, in which she “repeatedly states her ambivalence about language, about her identification as a Western-educated, Algerian, feminist, Muslim intellectual, about her role as spokesperson for Algerian women as well as for women in general.

Words hold the keys to Algeria’s past, the world shattered by the French invasion and conquest of the midth century, when 25 years of war ruined the country. What is the first chapter about? One of the narrator’s sits outside of this, she receives a love letter and somehow feels it is for all: Nothing is easy and nothing is entirely one thing or the other.

Although the dey later explained that he was angry with the diplomat and not with the French king, Charles X seized upon this pretext to send a fleet of French ships to blockade the port of Algiers.