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Viscous Circles: Antecedent Narrative Structures in Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable

Viscous Circles: Antecedent Narrative Structures in Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable Viscous Circles: Antecedent Narrative Structures in Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable Joel Lee Coleman The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 21-39 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0029 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415136/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COHPAnATIST VISCOUS CIRCLES: ANTECEDENT NARRATIVE STRUCTURES IN BEN JELLOUN'S L'ENFANT DE SABLE Joel Lee Coleman Tahar Ben JeUoun's companion novels L'enfant de sable (The Sand Child, 1985) and La nuit sacrée (The Sacred Night, 1987) have at times been sharply criticized because of what may be termed an orientaüst or exoticist approach to Ufe in the Maghreb. Within such readings of the novels, Western social and/or literary notions of the Islamic world supersede non-Western or postcolonial perceptions of the same subject. However, T7ie Sand Child includes a specific narrative structure which disrupts readings based on such binary oppositions; at work is a more complex mechanism, a narrative circle of amalgamation, incorporation, rupture, and regeneration. The narrative circle is one ofthe key elements in The Sand Child (of which The Sacred Night, the more widely known of the two novels, is a revision and continuation), and it is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Viscous Circles: Antecedent Narrative Structures in Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable

The Comparatist , Volume 23 – Oct 3, 2012

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Viscous Circles: Antecedent Narrative Structures in Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable Joel Lee Coleman The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 21-39 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0029 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415136/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COHPAnATIST VISCOUS CIRCLES: ANTECEDENT NARRATIVE STRUCTURES IN BEN JELLOUN'S L'ENFANT DE SABLE Joel Lee Coleman Tahar Ben JeUoun's companion novels L'enfant de sable (The Sand Child, 1985) and La nuit sacrée (The Sacred Night, 1987) have at times been sharply criticized because of what may be termed an orientaüst or exoticist approach to Ufe in the Maghreb. Within such readings of the novels, Western social and/or literary notions of the Islamic world supersede non-Western or postcolonial perceptions of the same subject. However, T7ie Sand Child includes a specific narrative structure which disrupts readings based on such binary oppositions; at work is a more complex mechanism, a narrative circle of amalgamation, incorporation, rupture, and regeneration. The narrative circle is one ofthe key elements in The Sand Child (of which The Sacred Night, the more widely known of the two novels, is a revision and continuation), and it is

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