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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And so layers keep being added, and all a writer can do is point them out. In telling their stories, Djebar and the women revolutionaries reclaim not only their individual and collective voices, but their bodies as well. Two more volumes of the quartet initiated by Fantasia: This summary follows in sequence the narrative strands of the novel to render its effect in brief:. InDjebar published L’Amour, la fantasia translated as Fantasia: This is interwoven with set-pieces from Algerian history, specifically, the French-Algerian War and Algeria’s own war for independence.

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. In this section, the novelist describes in graphic detail the horrible acts of enfumadeor fumigation, during which French colonial forces set fire to caves that served as refuge for Algerian families, asphyxiating the men, women, and children that sought shelter there.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

An Algerian Cavalcade is written. There are many first-person narrators in this book, from all eras, and I couldn’t keep them all clear. The Doodle reached all the countries of the Arab World. There were passages of this book that completely blew my mind because they were so beautifully written. 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 fabtasia.


Some of the pieces are very lush and beautiful, and others seem to have an almost clinical detachment, even when fanhasia is describing a fearless woman standing up to the French, for example. Assia Djebar, first and foremost, wants to speak honest words and heal past traumas. Is all knowledge written in French, even if written by a post Colonial Al This book is very well written and crushingly literary.

I highly recommend this. It is a layered djrbar, the conflict between two worldsa conflict that entered even into the author’s soul it is effective poetically, but not as prose An interesting piecing djebsr of different views to create a sense of history and identity. The Eloquence of Silence: There is pride in this heritage, and also frustration.

The son of an Ottoman Turk, Ahmed Bey stood for a reformed hierarchy dominated by an aristocracy, whereas Emir Abdelkader asska a more egalitarian vision. Fantqsia 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: But it also represents a rape, and the underlying theme of Djebar’s book is surely the rape of a country and the repression of women.

Maybe the point Djebar intended to make her was that the land–Algeria–is the real star here. Although only 60 percent of the French population went to the polls, 75 percent cast affirmative votes Ruedy, p.

Djebar, Assia – Postcolonial Studies

The author gives xjebar snippets from her childhood in Algeria, and the perception of women. Fantasia, an Algerian Cavalcade: The novelist recalls two chance encounters with strangers that marked her life.

Then love came to be transformed in the tunnel of pleasure, soft clay to be moulded by matrimony. It takes a lot to get me frustrated like that. Mies, Maria August 9, Dec 24, Erin W rated it it was ok Shelves: Now convinced that French colonialism was there to stay, Algerian families began to enroll their children in French schools.

By including French archival documents in Fantasia: However, as I read the translation Fantasia: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Just be prepared to think. Other leaders of the period include the most widely heard voice for assimilation, that of Ferhat Abbas. It is not a history book.


Sep 01, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: But it made me very interested in the country. It drains off all the scoriae of the past.

Her prose sometimes has the detachment xssia an historian, sometimes the immediacy of personal confession, sometimes the intoxication of a poet—but a normal novel this is not. Among the many stories, each told in its own unique voice, there is one chapter that brings an intimacy between the reader and the text that is almost hard to bear. A prisoner tortured by the French informs on a member of the FLN resistance.

Not just difficult French vocabulary but also Arabic and Berber vocabulary which weren’t familiar.

Female activists fantssia cared for the needs of the freedom fighters—cooking meals; transporting water, food, medical supplies, and weapons; and tending to the wounded. An Algerian woman pounding herbs in the doorway of her home protects another woman, a rebel fugitive, during the Algerian War. Women also became advisors, informing other women in the civilian population about the political situation, and participated in the fighting.

In their search for cultural authenticity, they were critical of Algerians who had espoused French culture and values, and of the Islamic brotherhoods, who, in their view, promoted ignorance and superstition. In the last half of the book, where the sections follow one another like movements in a piece of chamber music, enfolding themes and variations, she will introduce several different “I” voices—resistance fighters, exiles, torture victims in the last wars against the French—any one of which might have been her as a young woman, but one assumes were not.

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