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Project: Narrating the Trauma of the Algerian Independence War: Empathy and Narrative Strategies in a Selection of Francophone Novels

This individual research project is about empathy in Assia Djebar’s, Boualem Sansal’s and Leila Sebbar’s novels with the topic of the Algerian independence.

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Kirsten Husung

The three authors both link the historical events – the French colonization of Algeria and the war of independence –, to the actual situation in France and Algeria. I am investigating which narratives strategies the authors use so that the reader might feel sympathy and/or empathy for the main characters. I also analyze which objective the authors might follow by using these strategies.