Black "Beur" Writing

Djaout, Tahar
June 1992
Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p217
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on the development of Beur literature. Cross fertilization, cosmopolitanism, and expatriation have always produced their own forms of social and artistic expression. Initially, there was an often involuntary journey, a journey in the form of an uprooting. It was natural that artistic forms of expression would emerge from this experience. They asserted their claim to our attention in the name of a cultural identity. The identity of a native land and an adopted land. To be a "Beur" writer, one needs to be more than a Maghrebian writer living in France and writing about the Maghrebian emigration. Still at an embryonic stage, "Beur" literature was essentially launched in 1986 when seven works by Beur writers were published.


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