Postcolonial Counterpoint: Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb

By Farid Laroussi

© 2016

Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa.  Thoroughly questioning the inability of Western academia to shake free of universalism and essentialism and come to grips with the Orientalism within postcolonial discourse, Farid Laroussi offers a cultural tour d’horizon which considers André Gide’s writing on Algeria, literature by French authors of Maghrebi descent, and the conversation surrounding secularism and the headscarf in France. A provocative investigation of the place of Muslims and Islam in Francophone culture, Postcolonial Counterpoint asks how we must proceed if postcolonial studies is to make a difference in reconciling history, identity, citizenship, and Islam in the West.

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  • Series: University of Toronto Romance Series
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  • Page Count: 240 pages
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Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa.

Postcolonial Counterpoint: Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb

By Farid Laroussi

© 2016

Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa.  Thoroughly questioning the inability of Western academia to shake free of universalism and essentialism and come to grips with the Orientalism within postcolonial discourse, Farid Laroussi offers a cultural tour d’horizon which considers André Gide’s writing on Algeria, literature by French authors of Maghrebi descent, and the conversation surrounding secularism and the headscarf in France. A provocative investigation of the place of Muslims and Islam in Francophone culture, Postcolonial Counterpoint asks how we must proceed if postcolonial studies is to make a difference in reconciling history, identity, citizenship, and Islam in the West.

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Product Details

  • Series: University of Toronto Romance Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is a bold yet erudite study of the postcolonial and the latent and internal Orientalism… It should be obligatory reading for all those who have, perhaps too often viewed the postcolonial as a means of looking outside the metropole.’


    Joseph Ford
    Modern Language Review vol 113:01:2018

    "This study engages critically with the original arguments in [Edward Said’s] Orientalism, bringing new insights to Said’s text, while applying its implications to Franco-Maghrebi relations from the beginnings of colonization."


    Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
    University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer 2018

    "Lively and opinionated, Farid Laroussi's long-awaited study of the entanglements between France and the Maghreb does not disappoint. Both respectful and revisionist in his dialogue with the legacy of Edward Said, Laroussi diagnoses a condition of 'latent Orientalism' that gradually morphs into 'internal Orientalism.' His view is authoritative, and the book is bracing to read."


    Christopher L. Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of French and African American Studies, Yale University
  • Author Information

    Farid Laroussi is an associate professor in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia.
  • Table of contents

    1. States of Postcolonial Reading 
    2. The Orient in Question 
    3. Orientalism and Postcolonial Studies 
    4. Unfinished (Literary) Business: Orientalism and the Maghreb 
    5. André Gide and Imperial Dystopia
    6. Fables of Maghreb Nationhood 
    7. A View from Diversité: Writing and Nation 
    8. The Challenge of Identities and the French Republic 
    Conclusion: Elusive Convergence?

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