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“La France, c’est moi”: Love and Infatuation with the Occident

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Date(s) - 02/17/2021
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This paper will discuss three novels, which are rarely studied with any form of depth as part of Maghrebi literature. Written early in the twentieth century, their authors were sons of the privileged ‘Friends of France’, and their works were tokens of gratitude for all the work deployed by the Occident to civilize them, but also as a gesture of appreciation and a sign of loyalty to their civilizes. For this, they were side-lined during the colonial period and then totally rejected in the post-colonial Maghreb as works written by traitors who sang the praises of the colonizers.

These considerations aside, these works remain valuable testimonies of the time when they were written, but also a missing part in the evolution of the relationship between colonizer and colonized from colonial to postcolonial times.

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