For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Between the Harem and the Battlefield: Domestic Space in the Work of Assia Djebar"

by Best, Victoria (2002)


The notion of the borderline is as essential to definitions of national identity as it is to the definition of subjectivity. In both cases the issue is one of containment and possession; a territory is staked out and named in the hope that it can be identified and controlled. A borderline could be read, then, as a fascinating but somewhat neurotic delusion that is both completely arbitrary and ideologically necessary, for any culture, any society, not only marks out borderlines for its own containment but also invests ideologically in them, as if that …

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