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Azouz Begag
Visiting and Honrary Professor

Azouz Begag is the best known and most prolific author of post-colonial immigrant origin in France. The son of Algerian immigrants, he is the author of autobiographical and other narratives which are widely studied in North American and other anglophone countries as well as in France and elsewhere in the francophone world. His best known autobiographical narratives include Le Gone du Chaâba (1986) and Béni ou le paradis privé (1989), featuring a culturally hybrid blend of French, North African and anglophone elements fused in multi-leveled layers of irony and humor. Keenly attuned to the cultural and political dynamics of France, North Africa and the anglophone world, Begag has explored pressing issues of social justice and identity politics in novels such as Quand on est mort, c'est pour toute la vie (1995), Les Chiens aussi (1995), Dis oualla! (1997) and Le Passeport (2000). Alongside his work as an imaginative writer, Begag has published widely as a professional sociologist and political activist. He has also held visiting positions at Cornell University and Swarthmore College, as well as at Florida State University's Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. A researcher with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and frequent contributor

to Le Monde and other media outlets, Begag has combined grass-roots contacts among minority ethnic groups with an unusual openness to British and American policy models, challenging French political élites with his original and often irreverent views. Frequently cited as an exemplar of the French model of 'integration', variously courted and criticized by activists from different parts of the political spectrum, Begag speaks with exceptional authority and clarity on the complexities and contradictions characterizing the debates over immigration, 'race' and ethnic relations in France.

The first international conference wholly devoted to Begag was hosted by FSU's Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies in March 2002. A special issue of the journal Expressions maghrébines based on the conference, including extensive previously unpublished material by Begag, was published in Winter 2002.

BOOKS by AZOUZ BEGAG

Narratives

Le Gone du Chaâba, Paris : Seuil, 1986.
Béni ou le Paradis privé, Paris : Seuil, 1989.
L’Ilet-aux-Vents, Paris : Seuil, 1992.
Quand on est mort, c’est pour toute la vie, Paris : Gallimard, 1994.
Les Chiens aussi, Paris : Seuil, 1995.
Dis Oualla !, Paris : Fayard, 1997.
Zenzela, Paris : Seuil, 1997.
Le Passeport, Paris : Seuil, 2000.
Ahmed de Bourgogne, Paris : Seuil, 2001. Avec Ahmed Beneddif.


Essays and sociological studies

L’Immigré et sa ville, Lyon : Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 1984.
Ecarts d’identité, Paris : Seuil, 1990. Avec Abdellatif Chaouite.
La Ville des autres, Lyon : Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 1991.
Les Lumières de Lyon, Lyon : Editions du Pélican, 1993. Avec Claude Burgelin et Albert Decourtray.
Quartiers sensibles, Paris : Seuil, 1994. Avec Christian Delorme.
Espace et exclusion : Mobilités dans les quartiers périphériques d’Avignon, Paris : L’Harmattan, 1995.
Place du pont ou la médina de Lyon, Paris : Autrement, 1997.
Du bon usage de la distance chez les sauvageons, Paris : Seuil, 1999. Avec Reynald Rossini.
Les Dérouilleurs : Ces Français de banlieue qui ont réussi, Paris : Mille et une nuits, 2002.


Children’s books

Les Voleurs d’écritures, Paris : Seuil, 1990.
La Force du berger, Geneva : La Joie de lire, 1991.
Jordi ou le Rayon perdu, Geneva : La Joie de lire, 1992.
Les Tireurs d’étoiles, Paris : Seuil, 1992.
Le Temps des villages, Genève : La Joie de lire, 1993.
Une semaine de vacances à Cap maudit, Paris : Seuil, 1994.
Ma maman est devenue une étoile, Geneva : La Joie de lire, 1995.
Mona et le bateau-livre, Lyon : Le Chardon bleu, 1996.
Un train pour chez nous, Paris : Thierry Magnier, 2001.
Le Théorème de Mamadou, Paris : Seuil, 2002.

 

 

 

 

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