Assia Djebar

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Assia Djebar : biography

30 June 1936 –

« Immortelle » Éditorial. In: Le Monde, Samedi June 18, 2005, p 17

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  • Okresek, Christine: Re-dire l’Histoire. Travail fictionnel et recherches historiques dans trois romans d’Assia Djebar (L’Amour, la fantasia – Vaste est la prison – Le Blanc de l’Algérie). Vienna University, Thesis (Diplomarbeit), S/D Zohra Bouchentouf-Siagh, 1997 (available at the university library Vienna – UB Wien -, at the library of the department of romanistik studies Vienna – Fachbereichsbibliothek für Romanistik -)
  • Rezzoug, Simone: « Emergence d’une parole féminine dans l’histoire: le dernier roman d’Assia Djebar ». In: présence de femmes. Itinéraires d’apprentissage. Algiers: Hiwer, 1987, pp 106–110
  • Ringrose, Priscilla: « Sistre and the Semiotic: Reinscribing Desire into Language ». In: Ruhe, Ernstpeter: Assia Djebar. Studien zur Literatur und Geschichte des Maghreb. Band 5. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2001, pp 91–105
  • Rousseau, Christine: « Un écrivain-frontière entre l’Orient et l’Occident ». In: Le Monde, Samedi June 18, p 30
  • Ruhe, Ernstpeter: « Fantasia en Alsace. Les Nuits de Strasbourg d’Assia Djebar ». In: Chroniques allemandes no 8-2000 : Assia Djebar en pays de langue allemande. Centre d’études et de recherches allemandes et autrichiennes contemporaines (CERAAC) de l’Université Stendhal-Grenoble III, pp 105–121

Career

In 1957, she published her first novel, La Soif ("The Thirst"). Fearing her father’s disapproval, she had it published under the pen name Assia Djebar. Another book, Les Impatients, followed the next year. Also in 1958, she and Ahmed Ould-Rouïs began a marriage that would eventually end in divorce.

In 1962, Djebar published Les Enfants du Nouveau Monde, and followed that in 1967 with Les Alouettes Naïves. She remarried in 1980, to the Algerian poet Malek Alloula. The couple lives in Paris, France.

In 1985, Djebar published L’Amour, la fantasia, (translated as Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, Heinemann 1993) where she "repeatedly states her ambivalence about language, about her identification as a Western-educated, Algerian, feminist, Muslim intellectual, about her role as spokesperson for Algerian women as well as for women in general."

In 2005, Djebar was accepted into the Académie française, a prestigious institution tasked with guarding the heritage of the French language.

She is currently a professor of Francophone literature at New York University.

Early life

Djebar was born in Cherchell, a coastal town near Algiers from Berber descent. Her family lived in a little village nearby called Mouzaïaville. There, she attended the primary school where her father taught French. She later attended a boarding school in Blida. In 1955, Djebar became the first Algerian woman to be accepted at the École Normale Supérieure, an elite Parisian college.