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Writing French Algeria

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Writing French Algeria by Peter Dunwoodie
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Writing French Algeria is a groundbreaking study of the European literary discourse on French Algeria between the conquest of 1830 and the outbreak of the Algerian War in 1954. For the first time in English, this intertextual reading reveals the debate conducted within Algeria - and between colony and metropole - that aimed to forge an independent cultural identity for the European settlers. Through astute discussions of various texts, Peter Dunwoodie maps the representation of Algeria both in the dominant nineteenth-century discourse of Orientalism, via the litterature d'escale of writers such as Gautier or Fromentein, and in the colonial writing of Louis Bertrand, Robert Randau, and the 'Algerianists' who played a critical role in the construction of the new 'Algerian'. Dunwoodie shows how this ultimate construction relied on an extremely selective process which marginalized the indigenous people of the Maghreb in order to rediscover the country's 'Latin' roots. The book also focuses on the dialogism operative in the works of Ecole d'Alger writers like Gabriel Audisio, Albert Camus, and Emmanuel Robles, interrogating the way in which their voices countered the closure of those earlier strategies and yet still articulated the unresolvable dilemma of an inherently unstable and impermanent minority whose identity remained grounded in otherness.

Author Biography

Peter Dunwoodie is Reader in European Languages at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Release date NZ
November 26th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
342
Dimensions
143x224x24
ISBN-13
9780198159728
Product ID
2247913

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