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The Kaleidoscope of Gendered Memory in Ahlam Mosteghanemi's Novels (Hardback)
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The Kaleidoscope of Gendered Memory in Ahlam Mosteghanemi's Novels (Hardback)

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Hardback 225 Pages / Published: 17/07/2019
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Through its unique kaleidoscopic lens, this book analyzes the work of Algeria's first postcolonial woman writer to publish a novel in Arabic, Ahlam Mosteghanemi. Her novels Memory in the Flesh and Chaos of the Senses return to the trauma of the Algerian War of Independence to address the lingering anxieties of national belonging and memory in postcolonial Algeria at a time when the nation is caught between two forces: entrenched bureaucratic-political elites and populist Islamists, who imagine a return to a pre-modern, utopian past. This book argues that Mosteghanemi's polyphonic narratives reveal that national narratives are always multiple-"unity" is not one, all-encompassing narrative, but instead an ever-evolving Bakhtinian dialogism accommodating multiple perspectives, memories, and stories. The study interprets Mosteghanemi's metaphor of the bridge as a powerful device for exploring tensions between reality and imagination, exile and belonging, and traditional concepts of gender in ways that reimagine nationhood and gesture towards a new, collective future.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781527536449
Number of pages: 225
Dimensions: 212 x 148 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

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