Acting Bits/Identity Talk

Spivak, Gayatri C.

In Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, Assia Djebar places herself with great
autobiographers: Augustine, the Berber who wrote not only his theology
but his Confessions in the language of Rome; and Ibn Khaldfin, son of a
family that fled southern Arabia, who wrote not only his history but his
Ta'arif[identity] in Arabic. Staging herself as an Algerian Muslim woman,
she gives a fragmented version of the graph-ing of her bio in French. Identity as a wound, exposed by the historically hegemonic languages, for those who have learned the double-binding "practice of [their] writing" (F, p. 181). I accept this difficult definition, to present a series of citations of
"myself" engaged in identity talk.


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English and Comparative Literature
University of Chicago Press
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March 13, 2015