Postcolonial Counterpoint: Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - Africa, North - 227 pages

Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa. Thoroughly questioning the inability of Western academia to shake free of universalism and essentialism and come to grips with the Orientalism within postcolonial discourse, Farid Laroussi offers a cultural tour d'horizon which considers André Gide's writing on Algeria, literature by French authors of Maghrebi descent, and the conversation surrounding secularism and the headscarf in France. A provocative investigation of the place of Muslims and Islam in Francophone culture, Postcolonial Counterpoint asks how we must proceed if postcolonial studies is to make a difference in reconciling history, identity, citizenship, and Islam in the West.

 

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Contents

1 States of Postcolonial Reading
3
2 The Orient in Question
20
3 Orientalism and Postcolonial Studies
54
Orientalism and the Maghreb
71
5 André Gide and Imperial Dystopia
89
6 Fables of Maghreb Nationhood
106
Writing and Nation
125
8 The Challenge of Identities and the French Republic
150
Elusive Convergence?
170
Notes
173
Bibliography
209
Index
221
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About the author (2016)

Farid Laroussi is an associate professor in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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