A French-language Algerian writer of poetry, plays, novels, and satires who turned to popular theater in the spoken languages of Algeria (Algerian Arabic and Kabyle) in the last fifteen years of his life, Kateb Yacine (Kateb is his surname) was one of the founding figures of modern Algerian literature. Born in north-east Algeria in 1929, almost a century after France invaded Algiers, Kateb was one of the first writers to denounce French colonial rule in his fictional writings, most notably the novel Nedjma (1956) and the trilogy of plays published under the title Le cercle des représailles [The Circle of Reprisals] (1959). A columnist for the communist newspaper Alger Républicain in the late 1940s and early …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Harrison, Olivia C.. "Yacine Kateb". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 August 2014
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12708, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Francophone North Africa
  2. Middle Eastern Literatures& Cultures