Looking at writers, administrators, and thinkers who're associated with the Maghreb, Mireille Rosello argues that new forms of encounters among the French and the Algerians have the capability to counteract the unfavourable strength of history. She keeps that those “performative” encounters are moments of fragile and precarious alternate that can shift the tragic paradigm of violence and distrust between Arabs, Berbers, and Europeans or between Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
A performative come upon among old adversaries creates new subject-positions, a brand new language, and a brand new protocol of cohabitation, she contends. functionality encounters inaugurate a brand new old script. At such instances matters can redefine one another, they usually can communicate no longer in French or Arabic yet in a language just like Khatibi's poetical and interstitial “bilanguage” that reexamines the phrases and practices in their interaction.
responsive to the interconnections between language, gender, literature, and cultural politics, Rosello appears at a wealthy number of modern tales generated by way of historians (Benjamin Stora, Mohamed Harbi, Charles-Robert Ageron), philosophers (Jacques Derrida), filmmakers (Yamina Benguigui, Mehdi Lallaoui), and rising and across the world well-known writers (Fouad Laroui, Mehdi Charef, Abdelkebir Khatibi). She devotes distinctive attention to an cutting edge research of the paintings of 1 of an important modern French-language writers, Assia Djebar.