الخطاب
Volume 8, Numéro 16, Pages 147-156

Seeds Of Change: Assia Djebar’s Les Enfants Du Nouveau Monde/ Children Of The New World: A Novel Of The Algerian War

Authors : Robert Mortimer .

Abstract

Examining Djebar’s third novel, Les Enfants du nouveau monde, (Children of the New World: A Novel of the Algerian War), her first to depict the Algerian Revolution, I argue that it not only reveals the political, feminist, and aesthetic elements that define her later work, but is a well-crafted text that is politically correct in its anti-colonial stance, subversive in its feminist objectives; it expresses Djebar’s belief that Algerian independence alone will not liberate women. The novelist discerns a significant gender gap regarding the goals of liberation: Algerian men struggle against French colonialism, women seek agency within their family and society and political independence from France. In my analysis, I ground the text historically (Amrane-Minne), and apply anti-colonial and feminist theory (Fanon; Mernissi).

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