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Writing French Algeria

Peter Dunwoodie


This book is a 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, the book maps the representation of Algeria both in the dominant 19th-century discourse of Orientalism, via the littérature d'escale of writers such as Gautier or Fromentein, and in the coloni ... More

Keywords: French Algeria, Algeria, European settlers, Orientalism, littérature d'escale, colonial writing, Algerianists, École d'Alger, Maghreb, cultural identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Dunwoodie, author
Goldsmiths College, University of London