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Experimental Nations:
Or, the Invention of the Maghreb
Réda Bensmaïa

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TRANSLATOR'S NOTE vii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
INTRODUCTION: Is an "Experimental" Nation Possible? 1
1: Nations of Writers 11
1. Cultural "Terrain" 11
2. New Geolinguistics 14
2: Cities of Writers 27
1. The Imaginary of the Medina in Francophone Literature from the Maghreb 27
2. Algiers/Paris, or the City as a "Site of Memory ": Merzak Allouache's Salut Cousin 38
3: Nabile Farès, or How to Become "Minoritarian" 47
4: Postcolonial Nations: Political or Poetic Allegories? (On Tahar Djaout's L'invention du désert )67
5: (Hi)stories of Expatriation: Virtual Countries 83
1. Assia Djebar's La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua: Introduction to the Cinematic Fragment 83
6: Multilingualism and National "Traits" 99
1."Translating or Whiting Out Language": On Khatibi's Amour Bilingue 99
2. On Khatibi's Notion of the "Professional Traveler" 124
3. Writing Metafiction: On Khatibi's Le livre du sang 135
7: The Cartography of the Nation: Mouloud Feraoun's Le fils du pauvre Revisited 149
8: By Way of a Conclusion 159
APPENDIX: Le Dépays: On Chris Marker's Lettre de Sibéie (1957)165
NOTES 171
INDEX NOMINUM 205
INDEX REUM 209

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