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W-riting woman's body in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

Dr. Alice Anugraham

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Dr. Alice Anugraham
Associate Professor Dept. of French, The Maharaja Sayajirao Univ. of Baroda, Vadodara

Anugraham, Dr. Alice. "W-riting woman's body in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 7, July 2018, pp. 3171-3189, Accessed 2018.
Anugraham, D. (2018, July). W-riting woman's body in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(7), 3171-3189. Retrieved from
Anugraham, Dr. Alice. "W-riting woman's body in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 7 (July 2018), 3171-3189. Accessed , 2018.

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Assia Djebar's Fantasia: an Algerian Cavalcade, (L'Amour, La Fantasia, 1985) is an autobiographical narrative indenting women as historiographers. Fantasia juxtaposes the nineteenth-century history of French colonization in Algeria and the war of independence. This Essay explores the "Women Question and Condition" vis-a-vis the writings of Assia Djebar under the sign of Algerian historical, political and social milieu. Women's voices and experiences are at the epicenter of Assia's narration. Djebar examines how female figures seek to challenge the sexual colonialism dwelling in a sexist culture. Employing the idea of Insurrection in her writings about Algeria, Assia has woven a narrative around freedom and liberation vis-a-vis Algeria in order to validate the experiences of Algerian women. In her narrative, there are numerous female protagonists and survivors of the war of independence, who by their storytelling provide a kaleidoscopic view of their world. By reassembling the fragments of individual identities lost and forgotten by history, Assia forges a collective identity, focusing on the shared rather than the individual aspect of memory. This Essay also examines how and what Djebar communicates with the language of the female body taking recourse to Helene Cixous'ecriture feminine.