Assia Djebar: Les enfants du nouveau monde [Children of the New World]

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Assia Djebar’s novel Les enfants du nouveau monde [Children of the New World, 1962] has commonly been regarded as one of the few modern texts representing the Algerian space from a woman’s perspective. Djebar’s text moves beyond ideology and draws its readers in to new aesthetic forms of expressions where the Bakhtinian concept of a “multi-voiced discourse” is fundamental to the understanding of the novel.

The novel consists of nine chapters, named after the nine characters in the novel. An unusual narrative strategy, the placing of the characters’ names before the first chapter orients readers, in theatrical fashion, in the fictional world of the text. Also, it provides certain details r…

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Citation:
Visoi, Marie-Anne. "Les enfants du nouveau monde". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=25873, accessed 21 April 2014.]


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