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Writing French Algeria$
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Peter Dunwoodie

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159728

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159728.001.0001

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Orientalist Writing Strategies

Orientalist Writing Strategies

(p.36) 2 Orientalist Writing Strategies
Writing French Algeria

Peter Dunwoodie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines examples of nonfictional texts generated by France's invasion of Algeria in June 1930. It analyses the works produced by soldiers, self-proclaimed specialists, and a number of early visitors to the Algerian colony in order to isolate the inherited topoi which came to dominate the French discourse. The findings reveal that indigenous peoples and their culture, characteristics, and social organization occupied most of the early ethnographic writings. The result also indicates that by the mid-1930s, the Orientalist writing strategies have evaporated under the practicalities of colonist domination and the widening impact of studies which had been influential at the end of the century.

Keywords:   nonfictional texts, Algerian literature, French invasion, French colony, Orientalism, ethnographic writings

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