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OccidentalismLiterary Representations of the Maghrebi Experience of the East-West Encounter$
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Zahia Smail Salhi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645800

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645800.001.0001

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The Occident and the Oriental Woman: Rescuing the Oriental Man’s Victim?

The Occident and the Oriental Woman: Rescuing the Oriental Man’s Victim?

(p.125) 5 The Occident and the Oriental Woman: Rescuing the Oriental Man’s Victim?

Zahia Smail Salhi

Edinburgh University Press

Starting with European images of native women and a presentation of testimonies on colonial violence against them, this chapter explores the work of French feminists and their mission to save Algerian women. A discussion of Hubertine Auclert’s book Les Femmes arabes en Algérie, is central to this chapter as an Occidental woman’s rare testimony on Oriental women in the nineteenth century. Her views on saving native women became deeply anchored in the Occidentals’ mind-set making it not astounding to find that the image of the Oriental victim of her vile men continues to persist in twenty first century western imagination. The discussion of Auclert’s book is juxtaposed with an analysis of Fadhma Aït Mansour Amrouche’s autobiography, Histoire de ma vie as a counter narrative that disputes the mission of saving native women. It is also a testimony of ‘redemption’ through French education, assimilation of French language and culture, followed by conversion to Catholicism, while continuing to live in the midst of her Muslim compatriots. A close reading of this text reveals a very rare account of an Oriental woman’s encounter with the Occident between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Keywords:   Hubertine Auclert, Fadhma Aït Mansour Amrouche, Femmes arabes en Algérie, Histoire de ma vie, native woman, colonial violence, Occidental woman

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