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

Images of the Algerian War

French Fiction and Film, 1954-1992

Hardcover Published: 15th December 1994
ISBN: 9780198158752
Number Of Pages: 280

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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 to haunt French society today. Like America's experience in Vietnam, it has been understood as a paradigm of the collapse of Western certainties 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 and ideological dissemination and casts light on the mechanics of literary mystification. Among the writers discussed are Camus, Etcherelli, Millecam, Peree, Cesbron, Clavel, Ikor, Larteguy, Saint-Laurent, and Jules Roy, and the book also explores the films of directors including Godard, Schoendoerffer, Resnais, Tavernier, and Pontecorvo. 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.

Industry Reviews

`Dine has done us all a service by illuminating and discussing this literature with perception and insight...excellent study of how a nation tries and fails to come to terms with a painful experience of its past' Journal of Military History `continuously intelligent and engrossing study' Times Higher Education Supplement `Dine's literary study is excellent ... his selection is generous and there is much to learn by historians about the overlapping of witnesses' memoirs and novelists' inventions: after a crisis which involved a full generation of conscripts, it is often difficult to disentangle fiction for factual data.' Pierre Sorlin, University of Paris, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1996 `closely researched study ... Political complexities and the problematics of literary text are both impressively dealt with.' Forum for Modern Language Studies, XXXIII,2, 1997

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Glossary of Arabic and Military Termsp. ix
The Algerian War: History And Ideology, Mythology And Fictionp. 1
Waging a Dirty War, 1954-1962p. 21
The Myth of the Paratrooperp. 23
The Myth of the Seigneurp. 44
Ni Victimes Ni Bourreaux: The Liberal Dilemmap. 64
Anti-Colonialist Commitment Camus's Uninvited Guestp. 89
Remembering the War Without a Name1962-1992p. 107
'La Quille, Bordel!': Recalling Le Rappelp. 109
The Will to Belong: the Myths Of the Pieds-Noirsp. 146
Le Même Et L'Autre: Imaging The Algeriansp. 178
Filming the War Without a Name, 1954-1992p. 213
Cinema Images of the Algerian Conflict, 1954-1992p. 215
Conclusionp. 233
Bibliographyp. 238
Alphabetical List of Films Citedp. 258
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780198158752
ISBN-10: 0198158750
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 15th December 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49