This is a full-length study of fiction by young writers from the North African immigrant community in France. More than a dozen members of the so-called Beur generation, a popular name for the sons and daughters of the first-generation immigrants, have so far published narrative works. They include Mehdi Charef, Azouz Begag and Farida Belghoul. In his study, Alec Hargreaves combines careful analysis of the formal structures of Beur fiction with insights derived from interviews with the authors and extensive access to unpublished writings.
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Alec G. Hargreaves is a Professor of French, at Florida State University.Review:
“... Alec G. Hargreaves has produced the most conclusive study to date of North African Immigrant literature in France” ―Journal of European Studies
“The historical and social background is lucidly described, and the author has profitably used both unpublished material and personal interviews with the writers and their families ... signalling a rich and exciting new phenomenon on the French literary scene.” ―Forum for Modern Language Studies
“... the first study of its kind in English, and an important contribution to the field of "the literature of immigration." Alex Hargreaves's comprehensive overview, coupled with an excellent bibliography, makes it a valuable tool for both scholar and general reader.” ―Research in African Literatures
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