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Au-delà de la banlieue: Le discours beur dans trois romans d’auteurs issus de l’immigration maghrébine
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages, French and Italian. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2013 (French)In: Synergies Pays Riverains de la Baltique, ISSN 1768-2649, E-ISSN 2261-2769, no 10, 55-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the thematic development of the French “Beur” novel and the problematic definition of the same. Having been considered merely as a testi- monial literature, and thematically occupied with “banlieue” issues, as suggests the very word “beur”, the French writers descending from North African immigrant families have now turned to a broader variety of themes and narrative forms. This development has led us to question the grounds for a socio-ethnic characterization such as Beur literature. Can it be justified to talk about “Beur literature” when the social connotation of the “banlieue” themes is absent? Are there other, literary, reasons to motivate the term? According to our hypothesis, this literature is still marked by the ethnic identity of its writers, through the choice of new thematic areas as well as their literary staging and in the ideological discourse that seem to condition these novels. These questions will be analysed using the examples of three Beur novels, published in 2005 by French authors of North African immigrant descent: Plaqué or by Nora Hamdi, Little Big Bougnoule by Nor Eddine Boudjedia and « Musulman » Roman by Zahia Ramani.

Abstract [fr]

Cet article traite du développement thématique du roman beur et de la problématique qui concerne sa définition. Après avoir été vue comme une littérature de témoignage liée à la banlieue en raison de ses thématiques et des origines de ses auteurs, les romans écrits par les descendants de l’immigration maghrébine en France font maintenant preuve d’une plus grande variation quant aux thématiques et aux formes de narration. Que reste-t-il donc, au-delà du topos de la banlieue, qui justifierait l’étiquette de « littérature beure » ? Selon notre hypothèse, ce courant litté- raire porte toujours l’empreinte d’une identité beure dans les nouvelles thématiques investies, dans leur mise en scène et dans le discours idéologique qui les sous-tend. Nous abordons ces questions à travers les exemples de trois romans, parus en 2005, écrits par des auteurs issus de l’immigration maghrébine : Plaqué or de Nora Hamdi, Little Big Bougnoule de Nor Eddine Boudjedia et « Musulman » Roman de Zahia Ramani.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sylvains-les-Moulins: Gerflint , 2013. no 10, 55-68 p.
Keyword [en]
Contemporary French Literature, Beur novel, ethnic, immigration, banlieue literature, ideologic discourse, scenography
Keyword [fr]
Littérature Française contemporaine, roman beur, immigration, banlieue, ethnique, discours idéologique, scénographie
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature; French
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112199OAI: diva2:778405
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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