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Créer du sens du silence: La (re-)construction littéraire d’une mémoire refoulée de la guerre d’Algérie
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2014 (French)In: Orbis Linguarum, ISSN 1426-7241, Vol. 41, 311-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Making sense of the repercussions of a forgotten war

Today, a generation of French writers too young to have participated in the Algerian War, is beginning to question the silence that surrounds this part of history and the secondary effects it seems to exert on contemporary French society. This article wants to explore the literary traces of this silence and its present repercussions in a selection of five contemporary French novels.

The novels chosen for this analysis represent a variety of genres, from the court room drama In nomine Patris by Francis Zamponi (2009 [2000]) to the psychological novels Des hommes by Laurent Mauvignier (2009) and Où j’ai laissé mon âme by Jérôme Ferrari (2010), via the historical novel Passé sous silence (2010) by Alice Ferney, to the biographical novel of Moze (2003) by Zahia Rahmani. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 41, 311-322 p.
Keyword [en]
Algerian War, Contemporary French Novel, Comparative Literature, Silence, narrative, repressed memory, collective memory
Keyword [fr]
La Guerre d’Algérie, la guerre sans nom, roman français contemporain, littérature comparée, silence, représentation littéraire, mémoire refoulée, mémoire collective
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature; French
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112191OAI: diva2:778395
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-20Bibliographically approved

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