Africa at Noon on February 15, 2017

“The Self and the Other in Francophone Women’s War Narratives”

Nevine El Nossery
Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Time and Location

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI


By exploring the implications of war on women’s writing, two main questions are at stake in this study. How can the war’s atrocities be narrated without being distorted, when not personally lived? Secondly, I ask what is the subject’s role, from a gendered perspective, in conveying such cataclysms? I am particularly interested in the ways in which individual and collective experiences are navigated in Francophone memoirs and autobiographical novels.


Nevine El Nossery is an Associate Professor in the departments of French and Italian and African Cultural Studies. Her research interests and teaching include North African and French Canadian literatures and cultures, women writing, and Middle-Eastern literature and culture. Her book, Témoignages fictionnels au féminin. Une réécriture des blancs de la guerre civile algérienne was published in 2012 with Rodopi, and she co-edited two volumes: The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (2013) and Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinement et renégociation (2011).