Autobiography and Independence: Selfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French

Synopsis

In Autobiography and Independence, Debra Kelly examines four accomplished Francophone North African writers- Mouland Feroan, Assia Djebar, Albert Memmi, and Abdelkébir Khatibi- to illuminate the complex relationship of a writer's work to cultural and national histories. The legacies of colonialism and the difficulties of nationalism run throughout all four writers' works, yet in their striking individuality, the four demonstrate the ways in which such heritages are refracted through a writer's personal history. This book will be of interest to students of Francophone literature, colonialism, and African history and culture.