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The Becoming of the BodyContemporary Women's Writing in French$
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Amaleena Damlé

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668212

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668212.001.0001

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Nomadic Vitalities:Becoming Beyond Boundaries in Nina Bouraoui’s Writing

Nomadic Vitalities:Becoming Beyond Boundaries in Nina Bouraoui’s Writing

(p.154) 5. Nomadic Vitalities:Becoming Beyond Boundaries in Nina Bouraoui’s Writing
The Becoming of the Body

Amaleena Damlé

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the postcolonial context of Franco-Algerian writer Nina Bouraoui’s work as a state of perpetually deterritorialised flux and nomadic becoming. Its analysis of subjectivity through constant shifts and transitions is then brought to bear on the reconfiguration of desire and sexuality in Bouraoui’s writing. The chapter considers the becoming of the body, then, both in terms of the trajectories of corporeality and the vital flows of an aleatory desire and plastic sexuality. Mobilising Deleuzian notions of space – smooth space and the any-space-whatever – the chapter suggests that Bouraoui’s writing interlaces the actual and the virtual in its perpetual invention of a queer future becoming.

Keywords:   Actual, Becoming, Body, Bouraoui, Nina, Deleuze, Gilles, Desire, Deterritorialisation, Nomadism, Queer, Virtual

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