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Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature

Authors

Hafid Gafaït

Abstract

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.

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