Unearthing the father’s secret
Postmemory and identity in harki and pied noir narratives
in Reimagining North African Immigration
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This chapter establishes the validity of a comparison between works belonging to seemingly different genres. "Postmemory" describes the relationship that the "generation after" bears to the personal, collective, and cultural trauma of those who came before to experiences they "remember" only by means of the stories, images, and behaviors among which they grew up. Through their respective mnemonic work, both Dalila Kerchouche's and Thierry Galdeano's narrators seek to humanize the father and with him the collectivity he represents, whether harki or pied noir. Galdeano's overall intent is to pay tribute to the long sufferings of the harkis in France and give them a visible platform to claim recognition for their sacrifices. Kerchouche's reluctance to bring in pied noir memories of the Algerian War and expatriation may well be in part a firm refusal to compromise with pied noir ideology and its belief in an idealized colonial society.

Reimagining North African Immigration

Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film

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