Feminism and the question of "woman" in Assia Djebar's 'Vaste est la prison'
UNSPECIFIED (2004) Feminism and the question of "woman" in Assia Djebar's 'Vaste est la prison'. RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES, 35 (4). pp. 91-104. ISSN 0034-5210Full text not available from this repository.
This article analyzes the Algerian writer Assia Djebar's uncertain and ambiguous relationship with feminism. While her work is clearly preoccupied with women's experiences, the notion of a collective feminine identity remains a subject of contention, and female characters are frequently presented as both singular and elusive. In Vaste est la prison, the author sets out to trace a coherent genealogy of Algerian women, but the narrative at once hints at and disrupts any clear linking threads. For this reason, I argue that feminist resistance for Djebar revolves not around the uncomplicated celebration of female solidarity, but around a continual shifting between collective and singular critique. Women's resistance to patriarchal oppression in Algeria consists of a continual process of convergence and divergence. Djebar does not propose a single feminist argument but charts instead the very difficult process of creating a shared concrete cause.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES|
|Publisher:||INDIANA UNIV PRESS|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 91-104|
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