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3/11/2003 Linfield lecture to examine French-speaking North African writers

McMINNVILLE – Margaret Krausse, Linfield College associate professor of modern languages, will present "Exile, Nomadism, and the 'Beurs': Two Postcolonial Francophone Writers, Leila Sebbar and Azouz Begag" on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Krausse's talk will focus on two novelists, Azouz Begag, born in Lyon, France, of Algerian parents, and Leila Sebbar, born in Algeria of an Algerian father and a French mother. Krausse interviewed these writers in Paris in 2002 during a sabbatical from Linfield. She will refer to these interviews while examining the writers' novels and short stories. She will also show slides.

In the lecture, Krausse will touch on other French-speaking writers from former French colonies. She will talk about the legacy of French colonial North Africa, particularly since Algeria's independence in 1962. She will examine novels and short stories dealing with exile, racism, nomadism and the struggle of being caught between two cultures.

Krausse, who has included writers from West Africa and North Africa in her literature courses for many years, said the sabbatical gave her time to do the necessary background work before meeting the writers and also allowed Krausse to deepen her appreciation of their craft.

"It is very exciting to realize that these writers describe the changing cultural and political scene in France in their work," she said. "In the foreground of their novels are young North Africans, Antilleans and West Africans, all children of immigrants. And the fact of 'metissage' - being of mixed races - is also prominent in their writings. This is truly a fascinating time culturally and linguistically for France and creates a challenge to both the 'French from France' and the new immigrants and their offspring."

Krausse has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 1985. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Irvine.

The lecture is part of the Linfield faculty lecture series, which offers one presentation each month by members of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.