An amputated elsewhere: Sustaining and relieving the phantom limb of Algeria

Hubbell, Amy L. (2007) An amputated elsewhere: Sustaining and relieving the phantom limb of Algeria. Life Writing, 4 2: 247-262. doi:10.1080/14484520701559810


Author Hubbell, Amy L.
Title An amputated elsewhere: Sustaining and relieving the phantom limb of Algeria
Journal name Life Writing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-4528
1751-2964
Publication date 2007-09-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14484520701559810
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 262
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Since their departure from Algeria in and around 1962, the former French citizens of Algeria, or Pieds-Noirs, have been writing about their traumatic separation from their homeland. Many of these authors, including Marie Cardinal and Nobel laureate Albert Camus, write to cultivate memory and communal identity. Their literature is filled with colorful recreations of the physical landscape of Algeria, sustaining their amputated homeland through writing. This continuing connection to the amputated past haunts the Pieds-Noirs like phantom limb pains that plague amputees, and the group uses its literature like a prosthesis to reconnect to what they have lost. This article demonstrates how most of the former French of Algeria perpetuate their phantom limb in their writing to maintain a connection to the past, while others such as Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous have embraced their amputated identities because they were separated while still in Algeria. By accepting this always absent or escapable elsewhere, the two use their writing to lay the ghostly limb to rest.
Q-Index Code C1
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Languages and Cultures Publications
 
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