Women Fight, Women Write: Texts on the Algerian War (Hardback)Mildred Mortimer (author)
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In her gripping study of unsung female narratives of the Algerian War, Mildred Mortimer excavates and explores the role of women's individual and collective memory in recording events of the violent anticolonial conflict. Presenting close readings of published works spanning five decades-from Assia Djebar's 1962 Children of the New World to Zohra Drif's 2014 Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter- Women Fight, Women Write traces stylistic and material transformations in Algerian women's writings as it reveals evolving attitudes toward memory, trauma, historical objectivity, and women's political empowerment. Refuting the stale binary of men in battle, women at home, these testimonial texts let women lay claim to the Algerian War story as participants and also as chroniclers through fiction, historical studies, and memoir.
Algeria's patriarchal norms long kept women from speaking publicly about private matters, silencing their experiences of the war. Still, the conflict has ceaselessly sparked creative work. The country's dark decade of violent struggle between the Algerian army and Islamist fundamentalists in the 1990s brought the liberation struggle back into focus, inspiring and emboldening many more women to defiantly write. Women Fight, Women Write advances the broken silence, illuminating its vital historical revisions and literary innovations.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 284
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Mildred Mortimer's beautiful book investigates Francophone literary, historical, and testimonial texts that recall and reflect upon women's participation in the Algerian war of independence from the French. These texts were written by women from Algeria between 1962 and 2016. Whether addressing classics such as the works of Djamila Amrane, Ma ssa Bey, Assia Djebar, Yamina Mechakra, and Le la Sebbar or lesser-known works by Zohra Drif and Evelyne Safir Lavalette, Mortimer's analyses are superb and compelling. Her long-standing scholarly expertise on the topic and recent on-site research results in an original and comprehensive longitudinal study that will be of interest to specialists and general readers alike.--Anne Donadey, San Diego State University, author of Recasting Postcolonialism: Women Writing Between Worlds
"An exceptionally compelling study of some of the most prominent Algerian women authors of the twentieth century. Mortimer's work will keep alive their contributions--physically, literarily, and symbolically."--Val rie K. Orlando, University of Maryland, College Park, author of The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979