Albert Memmi

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  • Lia Brozgal (University of California, Los Angeles)

When Albert Memmi was born at the edge of the Jewish ghetto of Tunis in December 1920, Tunisia had been a French protectorate since 1881. As a member of an indigenous group, Memmi was considered a colonial subject; as a Jew, however, opportunities for French education through the Alliance Israélite Universelle (a colonial school system run by Jewish-French interests) and the possibility of French citizenship set him apart from his Muslim compatriots. Memmi was awarded a scholarship to the Alliance grade school and, later, to the prestigious Lycée Carnot in Tunis (1932-1939). At Carnot, Memmi was greatly influenced by his teachers Jean Amrouche and Aimé Patri, and decided to dedicate his life to the study of philosophy and …

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Brozgal, Lia. "Albert Memmi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2008
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Middle Eastern Literatures& Cultures
  2. Postcolonial Theory and Criticism