Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City Through Text and Image by Zeynep CelikWalls of Algiers: Narratives of the City Through Text and Image by Zeynep Celik

Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City Through Text and Image

EditorZeynep Celik, Julia Clancy-Smith, Frances Terpak

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Walls of Algiers examines the historical processes that transformed Ottoman Algiers, the "Bulwark of Islam," into "Alger la blanche," the colonial urban showpiece - and, after the outbreak of revolution in 1954 - counter-model of France's global empire. In this volume, the city of Algiers serves as a case study for the analysis of the proactive and reactive social, political, technical, and artistic forces that generate a city's form. Visual sources - prints, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, urban designs, and film - are treated as primary evidence that complements and even challenges textual documents.

The contributors' wide-ranging but intersecting essays span the disciplines of art history, social and cultural history, urban studies, and film history. Walls of Algiers presents a multifaceted look at the social use of urban space in a North African city. Its contributors' innovative methodologies allow important insights into often overlooked aspects of life in a city whose name even today conjures up enchantment as well as incomprehensible violence.

Contributors include Julia Clancy-Smith, Omar Carlier, Frances Terpak, Zeynep Celik, Eric Breitbart, Isabelle Grangaud, and Patricia M. E. Lorcin.

Title:Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City Through Text and ImageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10.04 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:April 3, 2009Publisher:University of Washington Press and Getty Research Institute, Los AngelesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295988681

ISBN - 13:9780295988689

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote on TransliterationIntroduction / Zeynep Celik, Julia Clancy-Smith, and Frances Terpak

PART 1: Peoples1. Eroticism, Erasures, and Absence: The Peopling of Algiers, 1830-1900 / Julia Clancy-Smith2. Medina and Modernity: The Emergence of Muslim Civil Society in Algiers between the Two World Wars / Omar Carlier

Part II: Images3. The Promise and Power of New Technologies: Nineteenth-Century Algiers / Frances Terpak4. A Lingering Obsession: The Houses of Algiers in French Colonial Discourse / Zeynep Celik5. The Invisible Prison: Representing Algiers on Film / Eric Breitbart

Part III. Places6. Masking and Unmasking the Historic Quarters of Algiers: The Reassessment of an Archive / Isabelle Grangaud7. Historic Intersections: The Center of Algiers / Zeynep CelikHistoriographies of Algiers: Critical Reflections / Patricia M. E. Lorcin

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Walls of Algiers examines the historical processes that transformed Ottoman Algiers, the "Bulwark of Islam," into "Alger la blanche," the colonial urban showpiece - and, after the outbreak of revolution in 1954 - counter-model of France's global empire. In this volume, the city of Algiers serves as a case study for the analysis of the proactive and reactive social, political, technical, and artistic forces that generate a city's form. Visual sources - prints, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, urban designs, and film - are treated as primary evidence that complements and even challenges textual documents.The contributors' wide-ranging but intersecting essays span the disciplines of art history, social and cultural history, urban studies, and film history. Walls of Algiers presents a multifaceted look at the social use of urban space in a North African city. Its contributors' innovative methodologies allow important insights into often overlooked aspects of life in a city whose name even today conjures up enchantment as well as incomprehensible violence.Contributors include Julia Clancy-Smith, Omar Carlier, Frances Terpak, Zeynep Celik, Eric Breitbart, Isabelle Grangaud, and Patricia M. E. Lorcin.Walls of Algiers is cultural history at its best, a compelling interdisciplinary collection of essays on Algiers by leading scholars, analyzing the city's Ottoman and Colonial urban spaces, architectures, streets, and city planning as well as its imagery in art, film, and photography. Providing sparkling new accounts from a diversity of post-colonial perspectives, this timely and important book is indispensable for the study of empires and their legacies. - Deborah Cherry, University of Amsterdam