TITLE

The French-Language Algerian Novel

AUTHOR(S)
Bouzar, Wadi
PUB. DATE
June 1992
SOURCE
Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the Algerian literature and the influence of the French language on it. There was no real tradition of the novel in the Maghreb and in the Mid-East before the twentieth century. One might have thought that Algeria would have been more precocious in adopting the novel than were other Arab countries because it had been occupied by the French as early as 1830. However, this was not the case. Beginning in the 1880s, Algerians learned the French language and used it in the defense of their legal rights. By the 1920s, a genuine cultural renaissance had begun to emerge. At this time, the first French language Algerian novels appeared. Beginning in 1952 and continuing through the war for independence there, was a proliferation of French-language Algerian novels, for the war served as an unfortunate stimulant to their production.
ACCESSION #
15515902

 

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