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Valerie Key Orlando
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 8/31/2014

The Influence of the French New Novel on Authors of the Maghreb, 1950 to the New Millennium

This book project explores how authors of the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) of French expression were influenced initially in the 1950s and 1960s by leading authors of the New Novel in France. While they relied on certain narrative styles, notions of time, and plot denouement specific to the French New Novel of the era, Maghrebi authors' themes differed from their French national counterparts, often navel-gazing narratives. Maghrebi novels not only questioned the place of a fragmented subject as the product of the ravages of two world wars, modernization, and capitalism (as did French New Novelists Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute and Butor), but also viewed this fragmentation as directly linked to over a century of French colonialism in the Maghreb.