Transing the Algerian Nation-State: Textual Transgender and Intersex from Pre-Independence to the Black Decade
Keywords:Transgender, Intersex, Trans(ion)ing, Algeria, Nation-State, queer Maghreb
The article examines the role of transgender and intersex in two key-texts, Marie-Pierre Pruvot’s Marie parce que c’est joli (2007) and Fériel Assima’s Rouhlem ou le sexe des anges (1996). Both texts chronicle two «moments» in Algerian history: 1) the two decades leading to Algerian independence in 1962; and 2) the Black decade spanning 1988-1998. These «moments» are experienced by two protagonists—pied-noir Jean-Pierre Pruvot and MTF Marie-Pierre Pruvot, rolled into one; and Assima’s intersex character raised as a boy, Rhoulem. Both their repressed feminine genders and bodies-in-transition, reflected through the discursive erosion of male genitalia, augur the “transing” of the Algerian nation-state, away from a traditional engendering of the nation-state as male.
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