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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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A Question of Belonging: the Ecole d’Alger and the Colonial Presence

A Question of Belonging: the Ecole d’Alger and the Colonial Presence

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Writing French Algeria

Peter Dunwoodie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the conflict between the Ecole d'Alger literary movement and the colonial presence in Algeria. It discusses the reversal of the denigration to which Algerians had been subjected in pre-Algerianist fiction. The dynamism and vitality of life in North African towns depicted by the Algerianists then became a central topos of some of the writers of the Ecole d'Alger. This chapter discusses how theatre and radio were exploited in a drive to communicate directly with a local public outside urban cultural circuits analyses Albert Camus' Le Premier Homme and Marcel Moussy's Arcole ou la terre promise.

Keywords:   Ecole d'Alger, literary movement, Algerian literature, Algeria, Albert Camus, Le Premier Homme, Marcel Moussy, Arcole ou la terre promise

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