The development of the novel and short story in modern Algerian literature.
This work is divided into two parts, and comprises twelve chapters, as
well as a survey of the historical background and a conclusion. The first part is
devoted to the novel and the second part deals with the short story.
The historical background follows the history of Algeria from the French
occupation in 1830 to the War of Independence, stressing particularly the gradual
evolution of the national awakening.
The 'First chapter defines Algerian literature and indicates the palace of
works written in French in the literary history of Algeria, as well as the reasons
for the scarce production of Arabic novels. Chapter two describes the effect of
the social, political and literary factors on the Algerian novel .
deals with the social themes tackled by the novelists. Chapter four is concerned
with the conflict of generations, which resulted from the clash of the Western and
the Eastern civilisations in the midst of the Algerian society. Chapter five discuss
the question of commitment and universality as conceived by the Algerian novelist;
Chapter six deals with post-independence literature characterised by the critical
attitude of some novelists. Chapter seven looks at the place of women in the nova
Chapter eight discusses the development of the novel from the point or view of technique,
studying the evolution inside the work of every major novelist. Chapter
nine deals with the Arabic language short story, tracing it to its origins in the period
between the two world wars. Chapter ten presents a brief survey or the condition 1
the Arabic story since the thirties to 1967. and discusses the form of the story.
Chapter eleven is concerned with the French language short story. Chapter twelve
examines the technique of the short story written in French.
The conclusion stresses two main points, first, that works written in French
filled a serious crap in modern Algerian literature; second, that, to the present day
and as for as the novel and the short story are concerned, literature written in
French is of a superior quality to works written in Arabic.