Algeria has traditionally been the territory of Arabic and Francophone studies. The vast majority of texts about Algeria have been written in French or Arabic, only some of which have been translated into English. This reflects the history of its two most consequential, although radically different, colonizations, that of the Arabs in 680 AD and that of the French, 1830- 1962. On what grounds, if any, is it possible for Algeria, its history, its literature and its theorists to enter into the field of English literature? In this paper I argue that the act of producing an autobiographical memoir as part of a Creative PhD in a department of English provides a unique opportunity for ‘Algeria’ to enter into English studies. Through a discussion of Jacques Derrida’s proposition in Monolingualism of the Other; Prosthesis of Origin that we only ever speak one language, we never speak only one language, I argue that the languages of intimacy and autobiography enable even an English monolingual to write an Algeria in English, into English.
|Title of host publication||The Strange bedfellows or perfect partners papers|
|Subtitle of host publication||the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010|
|Editors||Catherine Cole, Marcelle Freiman, Donna Lee Brien|
|Place of Publication||Guyra, NSW|
|Publisher||The Australasian Association of Writing Programs|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Conference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (15th : 2010) - Melbourne|
Duration: 25 Nov 2010 → 27 Nov 2010
|Conference||Conference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (15th : 2010)|
|Period||25/11/10 → 27/11/10|
- Jacques Derrida
Hamadache, M. (2010). Between autobiography and intimacy: an English monolingual's foray into Algeria. In C. Cole, M. Freiman, & D. L. Brien (Eds.), The Strange bedfellows or perfect partners papers: the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010 (pp. 1-8). Guyra, NSW: The Australasian Association of Writing Programs.