Women's Literature in Algeria

Roche, Anne
June 1992
Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p209
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on the state of women's literature in Algeria. As seen from France, women's literature in Algeria seems to be nonexistent. Apart from authors like Assia Djebar whose works have all been published in France, no important woman writer has emerged. Moreover, this state of affairs has been exacerbated by the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. Since 1962, women have been silenced by legislation (the Family Code) and by customs, an evolution which has intensified during the last thirty years and which appears to have been accompanied by a total cultural silence. The metaphor is valid if one considers women's literary production published in Algeria itself, obviously a limiting factor in its circulation.


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