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Nina Bouraoui

Week 1

Read the first 5 chapters of Standard.

Topics for seminar discussion:

  • Anonymity: its value, its pleasures, its traps
  • The world of work (under globalisation)
  • Characterisation, identification, sympathy
  • Sentence structure and tone
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Existential questions: freedom vs destiny
  • Dreams and aspirations
  • Violence
  • Role of Sylvie

Week 2

Please prepare a commentary on the following passage:

Flammarion edition pp. 126-129; J'ai lu edition pp. 112-114: 'Bruno Kerjen aimait les trains...' to 'il pensait de moins en moins'.

Read to the end of the novel and prepare notes on the following topics for seminar discussion:

  • Matter, energy, flow
  • Social breakdown
  • Father
  • Women and fantasy
  • Evasion and intoxication
  • Development of mood, atmosphere
  • Stylistic effect of repetition
  • Lives half lived
  • Spatial imagery: The open and the closed

Secondary reading on Nina Bouraoui

Adrienne Angelo, ‘Vision, Voice and the Female Body: Nina Bouraoui’s Sites/Sights of Resistance’, in Cybelle H. McFadden and Sandrine F. Teixidor (eds), Francophone Women: Between Visibility and Invisibility (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010): 77-98.

Bouchra Chaouq, ‘Le regard entre je et l’autre’, Études littéraires 33.3 (2001): 185-191.

Amaleena Damlé, ‘The Wild Becoming of Childhood: Writing as Monument in Nina Bouraoui’s Sauvage’, Forum for Modern Language Studies 49.2 (2013): 166-174.

Martine Fernandes, ‘Confessions d’une enfant du siècle: Nina Bouraoui ou la “bâtarde” dans Garçon manqué et La Vie heureuse’, L’Esprit créateur 45.1 (2005): 67-78.

Katharine N. Harrington, Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary Francophone Literature (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014).

Hélène M. Julien, ‘“Au sang! Ô sang!”: Corps féminin et écriture dans La Voyeuse interdite’, Nouvelles Études Francophones 29.1 (2014): 82-94.

Anna Kemp, ‘Freedom from Oneself: Artistry and the Postcolonial Woman Artist in Nina Bouraoui’s La Voyeuse interdite’, French Forum 38.1-2 (2013): 237-250.

Kristina Kosnick, ‘Reading Contemporary Narratives as Revolutionaries: Radical Textuality and Queer Subjectivity in the Works of Monique Wittig, Anne F. Garréta and Nina Bouraoui’, in Melanie Hackney and Aaron Emmitte (eds), Sexuality, Eroticism, and Gender in French and Francophone Literature (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2011).

Sara Elizabeth Leek, ‘“L’Écriture qui saigne”: Exile and Wounding in the Narratives of Nina Bouraoui and Linda Lê’, International Journal of Francophone Studies 15.2 (2012): 237-255.

Siobhan McIlvanney, ‘Double Vision: The Role of the Visual and the Visionary in Nina Bouraoui’s La Voyeuse interdite (Forbidden Vision)’, Research in African Literatures 35.4 (2004): 105-120.

Susan Mooney, ‘Empreintes paternelles sur la masculinité et la féminité chez Nina Bouraoui et Michel Houellebecq’, in Efstratia Oktapoda (ed.), Mythes et érotismes dans les littératures et les cultures francophones de l’extrême contemporain (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013).

Oana Panaite, ‘Étrangèreté et écriture du nonsavoir: Hélène Cixous, Nina Bouraoui et Leïla Sebbar’, MLN 129.4 (2014): 796-811.

Anne Martine Parent, ‘La peau buvard de Nina Bouraoui’, Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine 4 (2012): 93-101, available here.

Ching Selao, ‘Porter l’Algérie: Garçon manqué de Nina Bouraoui’, L’Esprit créateur 45.3 (2005): 74-84.

Marina van Zuylen, ‘Maghreb and Melancholy: A Reading of Nina Bouraoui’, Research in African Literatures 34.3 (2003): 84-99.

Helen Vassallo, ‘Wounded Storyteller: Illness as Life Narrative in Nina Bouraoui’s Garçon manqué’, Forum for Modern Language Studies 43.1 (2007): 46-56.

Helen Vassallo, ‘Unsuccessful Alterity? The Pursuit of Otherness in Nina Bouraoui’s Autobiographical Writing’, International Journal of Francophone Studies 12.1 (2009): 37-53.