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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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Writing the (In)visible: Exotic and Colonialist Fiction

Writing the (In)visible: Exotic and Colonialist Fiction

(p.69) 3 Writing the (In)visible: Exotic and Colonialist Fiction
Writing French Algeria

Peter Dunwoodie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the exotic and colonialist fiction in the French colony of Algeria. It discusses the durable salient features of Pierre Loti's three novels which had the greatest impact on the contemporary French novel. These include Aziyade, Le Mariage de Loti, and Le Roman d'un spahi. Central to the rhetoric of exoticism are the topoi of difference, innocence, and abundance together with an inescapable experiential ambivalence in the 19th century observer for whom the Other of a distant land has always already been constructed as both the barbare and the bon sauvage.

Keywords:   exotic fiction, Algerian literature, French colony, Pierre Loti, Aziyade, Le Mariage de Loti, Le Roman d'un spahi

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