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  • 1 Eastern Connecticut State University Dept. of Modern and Classical Language Studies Willimantic CT 06226 USA
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Abstract  

This article examines how Deleuze and Guattari’s postmodernist theory, used to study Beur texts in the 1980s, does not apply to children’s literature written by authors born of parents who immigrated from the Maghreb. In their books, which span age categories and genres (picture books, detective stories, etc.), authors such as Azouz Begag, Jeanne Benameur, Hubert Ben Kemoun, and Karim Ressouni-Demigneux, among others, do not challenge a Franco-French hegemony. These authors defy classifications; they blur limits and ignore limitations. They make Homi Bhabha’s « third space » and Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of « lines of flight » and « becoming-imperceptible » irrelevant. These writers belong to the « first space, » the only space for French children’s literature.