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date: 27 January 2022

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This article explores the poetry and political writings of Algerian Berber Jean El Mouhoub Amrouche as alternative delineations of time in a colonial context—temporal models that disengage a local, fractal form of modernity from a historicist Eurocentric narrative of global development. Amrouche's writing addresses issues of cultural derivation and identity politics in an anticolonial, nationalist moment. The discussion engages Amrouche's complex consideration of the status of indigenous cultures in global discussions of modernity, as well as his vision of time within the framework of the nation-state. It shows how Amrouche attempted to create a literature of memory purportedly free from the taint of French historicism in his introduction to the Chants Berbères de Kabylie and in a 1941 essay, “Saint Stéphane Mallarmé”.

Keywords: El Mouhoub Amrouche, global development, cultural derivation, French historicism, Saint Stéphane Mallarmé

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