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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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Language as Hospitality in Cixous

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Algerian Imprints

Brigitte Weltman-Aron

Columbia University Press

Recalling that the Algerian Jews were gradually deprived of their mother tongue (Judeo-Arabic) during French colonization, Cixous examines instead how to write in another tongue resonating with more than one language. This language is the outcome of dispossession, but affirms the experience of cuts and separation differently. Distrusting the notion of community or nationality, she acknowledges the hospitality of language.

Keywords:   Algerian Jews, Assimilation, Language of the poets, Loss, Mother, Mother tongue

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