According to Charles Bonn and other critics in the 1980’s and 1990’s, North-African literature evolved from a perspective that underlined both the centrality of style, or the writer’s aesthetic standpoint, and the importance of themes, ideas and content, to a production that was dominated by ideology, politics, factual events and testimony. To what extent can this statement be generalized? Does referentiality necessarily exclude literarity? These are questions I will explore on the basis of Rachid Boudjedra’s recent work, which is characterized by an increasingly visible fusion of writing and History. From this, I will consider if what we are witnessing today is the emergence of a “new engagement” and suggest that contemporary Algerian literature is renewing the debate on the relationship between literature and the world, art and reality.
"Le nouvel « engagement »? : Rachid Boudjedra entrehistoire et écriture,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 68
, Article 3.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol68/iss1/3