Images of the Algerian War: French Fiction and Film, 1954-1992

Hardcover | September 1, 1994

byPhilip Dine

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This is the first full-length survey in any language of the fiction and film generated in France by the Algerian war (1954-1962). Although part of a much wider process of decolonization, the conflict was so traumatic that it brought France to the verge of civil war and its memory continues to haunt French society today. Like America's experience in Vietnam, it has been understood as a paradigm of the collapse of Westerncertainties in the post-war period. Philip Dine's ground-breaking study examines the novels and films which deal with the war in an attempt to understand the lasting impact of the conflict. By locating texts within institutional and public discourses, it addresses issues of historical agency andideological dissemination and casts light on the mechanics of literary mystification. Among the writers discussed are Camus, Etecherelli, Marie Cardinal, Genet, Millecam, Perec, and Jules Roy, and the book also explores the films of directors including Godard, Ophuls, Varda, Schoendorffer, Marker,Resnais, and Demy. All quotations in French are accompanied by English translations. Innovative and accessible, Images of the Algerian War will interest all teachers and students of the culture and politics of modern France, together with all those concerned with issues of decolonization.

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This is the first full-length survey in any language of the fiction and film generated in France by the Algerian war (1954-1962). Although part of a much wider process of decolonization, the conflict was so traumatic that it brought France to the verge of civil war and its memory continues to haunt French society today. Like America'...

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This is the first full-length survey in any language of the fiction and film generated in France by the Algerian war (1954 - 1962). Although part of a much wider process of decolonization, the conflict was so traumatic decolonization, the conflict was so traumatic that it brought France to the verge of civil war. Its memory continues t...

Philip Dine is at Loughborough University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198158750

ISBN - 13:9780198158752

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`closely researched study ... Political complexities and the problematics of literary text are both impressively dealt with.'Forum for Modern Language Studies, XXXIII,2, 1997