The Alienation Of The Body And The Alienation Of The Spirit. Abdellah Taïa, The Salvation Army Cover Image
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L’autre du corps et l’autre de l’esprit.Abdellah Taïa, L’Armée du salut
The Alienation Of The Body And The Alienation Of The Spirit. Abdellah Taïa, The Salvation Army

Author(s): Alexandru Matei
Subject(s): Gender Studies
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: corporel other; spirit other; Abdellah Taia

Summary/Abstract: For a long time, the key to access to oneself was given through traditional morality: this is what still happens even in non-Western cultures, where remains a social fabric in which each individual is a mesh in a net designed to keep on and integrate somehow faulty meshes. It is in this context, what we can evaluate through a cultural approach and ethics the fate of a character-narrator (and writer) who “becomes himself” (is “subjectivized”) following a path on which he takes advantages of the cultural milieu in which he was born (1), he refuses, partly, because he is refusing to turn around (2) and exiles himself where he can become himself again, where his intellectual and emotional choices are recognized (3). He loses, along the way, a “nature” seen as traditional and cultural environment and wins in return, his own emotional “nature,” result of an emotional addiction that nothing and no one forced him to reject more. It is therefore more of a dialectic of the mind, but the “nature.”

  • Issue Year: 4/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 859-874
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: French