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Algerian ImprintsEthical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous$
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Brigitte Weltman-Aron

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172561

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172561.001.0001

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Vanishing Inscriptions

Vanishing Inscriptions

Assia Djebar’s Poetics of the Trace

(p.47) Chapter Three Vanishing Inscriptions
Algerian Imprints

Brigitte Weltman-Aron

Columbia University Press

Assia Djebar's contribution to the assessment of Algeria as a multilingual space. Djebar's "writing for the trace" inscribes a dual resistance to colonial appropriations, but also to claims of authentic self-recovery after independence. Focusing on scenes of vanishing inscriptions or writing under erasure, Djebar presents an Algerian site that is produced poetically or in fragments.

Keywords:   Bilingualism, Differend, Diglossia, Idiomaticity, Racialization, Trace

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