Date of Award

1991

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

French Studies

First Advisor

Nathaniel Wing

Abstract

This dissertation examines a selection of fictional texts by Marguerite Duras, Andre Gide, Assia Djebar and Tahar ben Jelloun. In my readings of these colonial and post-colonial narratives, I explore the textual strategies which transform marginalized positions based on colonialism, gender, sexual orientation and class into positions of dominance. In Gide and Duras, for example, this is evident in their complicity with dominant ideologies of colonialism. By contrast, the second section of the dissertation focuses on the oppositional strategies in the work of Djebar and ben Jelloun, two post-colonial writers from North Africa. Here, I analyze the ways in which the factors of gender and colonialism affect the "identity" of the post-colonial subject.

Pages

216

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