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In Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam: girls, phrases, and battle writer Pamela A. Pears proposes a brand new method of Francophone reviews. The paintings makes use of postcolonial conception, in addition to gender and feminist inquiries, to stress the connections among Francophone literatures, Algerian and Vietnamese. particularly Pears makes a speciality of 4 novels: Yamina Mechakra's los angeles Grotte ZclatZe, Ly Thu Ho's Le Mirage de los angeles paix, Malika Mokeddem's L'Interdite, and Kim Lef_vre's Retour ^ l. a. saison des pluies. All 4 novels exhibit the profound transformation of women's roles in Algeria and Vietnam in the course of and following the presence of French colonialism. those 4 authors by no means try and spread a transparent and unmarried definition of the postcolonial girl topic. as an alternative, they discover many of the subjective percentages, extend on them, and finally position them in query. even though the diversities among Algeria and Vietnam are extraordinary, it really is via their connections to each other that we will foreground postcolonial gender concerns. while geographical limitations and reputable nationalities function divisive classifications, the hyperlinks among the works lead us to a way more attractive discussion and supreme realizing of postcolonial Francophone literature.

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His tone is accusatory and bitter. The disillusionment to which he gives voice is the result of a long fight that has left him somewhat skeptical of the Algerian revolution. For him, as for many who experienced the war, the struggle was far too risky, and the thought of an Algerian nation independent of France was unfathomable. Nonetheless, the doctor shows a certain familiarity with Vietnam. ” In addition, he does not gloss the term, assuming a certain degree of knowledge on the part of his reader.

14 Although Kateb sympathized with the Vietnamese rebellion and admired Ho Chi Minh, he claimed that his play should not be reduced to mere propaganda. In an interview with Hichem Ben Yaïche in 1987, Kateb reproaches those who see his play only in these terms (1994b: 173–74). 15 Moreover, Kateb wishes to emphasize mutual identification and understanding among oppressed peoples, perhaps suggesting Communism as the solution, but nonetheless turning a critical eye to it at different moments throughout the play.

1999b: 311) [From Hitler to Johnson, the distance covered clearly shows the scope of the imperialist debacle. But another Hitler, another Johnson, are always possible. Wars of aggression, pillage, corruption, racism, universal genocide, unspeakable plots, daily crimes, conspiracies and attacks, open graves and lime kilns, napalm, the dollar, prostitution and obscurantism, these are the attributes of the supposed free World, accustomed to prospering at the expense of the fellah, the coolie and the proletarian.

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