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Amazigh/Berber Literature and “Literary Space”. A contested minority situation in (North) African literatures.

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Are the Imazighen/Berbers in a “situation of minority” in the Maghreb and in (North) African literatures? Although raising such a question may seem paradoxical in the case of language groups that suffered censure and gross violence in colonial and postcolonial times, the notion of Amazigh/Berber minority can be tricky to discuss and is largely rejected by the Imazighen themselves. Such an interrogation leads to questioning the relationships among historical actors and to avoiding essentialist interpretations of minority and majority groups in North Africa. The assigned “situation of minority” or majority needs to be reconstructed in the light of reciprocal historical dynamics by looking at cultural interaction and change and retracing inequality in power relationships which are not simply dichotomic (dominant/dominated) but very much articulated ( Bertheleu 2008 : 29). Reflecting on “minor,” “minority,” and “minorization” in literature offers an entrance to such dynamic constructions. This article investigates Amazigh/ Berber literature and “literary space” by looking at the articulation of identity construction and at discourses on minority and majority in North Africa.
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Daniela Merolla. Amazigh/Berber Literature and “Literary Space”. A contested minority situation in (North) African literatures.. Ojaide T. et J. Ashuntantang (dir.). Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature., Londres et New York : Routledge, pp.27 - 47, 2020, ⟨10.4324/9780429354229-5⟩. ⟨hal-03060540⟩
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