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How Not to Speak of Algeria

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0010
How Not to Speak of Algeria

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This chapter focuses on Algeria and writing about Algeria. It first highlights the difficulties Cixous experienced when confronted with the word nation, and reveals her Algerian roots. It then looks at how Algeria auto-colonises or post-auto-colonises itself in the twenty-first century. This includes the denial of cultural multiplicity and a misunderstanding of the relations of sexes and genders in language. It shows that Cixous eventually wrote about Algeria — and her mother — despite her initial misgivings. The chapter further stresses that whoever decides to speak about Algeria should recognise its structure and its dominant feature.

Keywords: Algeria; nation; auto-colonise; post-auto-colonise; cultural multiplicity; sex and gender; language

Chapter.  9092 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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