Algerian Women and the Traumatic Decade Literary Interventions Anissa Daoudi Discourses of trauma are common in Algerian literature and are inseparable from the political, social, and economic situation of the country. This article seeks to challenge official narratives and to highlight discourses of trauma in relation to two aspects of such discourses. The first is about the way Algerian women writers have coped with the traumatic history of Algeria and used writing to remember, to heal, to construct, and to unveil layers of history. The second is about celebrating polylingualism and multiculturalism and promoting the variety of languages used to dismantle the hegemonic narratives of the past (precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial). Polyglossia in Algeria is not new; it did not start with French colonialism but rather goes back to Greek and Roman invasions of the Berber territories, followed by those of the Arabs in the 600s: âFrom this moment until the 12th century, Berber, Arabic, and Latin were used in Algeria. Turkish and Spanish invasions from the fifteen[th] century onwards added to the already present linguistic pluralism.â1 Linguistic trauma narratives can be understood only within the long histories of trauma, with local cultural, religious, gender, and social oppressions
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Sep 13, 2016
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