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The Image of Algeria in Anglo-American Writings, 1785-1962 - Osman Bench Erif

The Image of Algeria in Anglo-American Writings, 1785-1962

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Published: 28th September 1997
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This book explores the way in which British and American visitors experienced Algeria and about their imaginary responses to the country. It also attempts to trace the elaboration and evolution of the perception of Algeria in the West with particular focus on the impressions and representations of those Anglo-Americans who experienced Algeria at first hand and wrote about it. The book provides historical perspective from the 16th century to the turn of the 19th century, but more specifically from 1785, which opened the chapter of the young American Republic clashes with the Regency of Algiers, to the last years of the Algerian War of Independence in 1962. It provides for the first time a corpus of literary texts that offer a basic anthology of Anglo-American writings on Algeria. In that sense, some valuable documents that had fallen into oblivion have been retrieved, throwing some illuminating light on the common and often forgotten cultural connections between Algeria and the Anglo-American world over four centuries.

...a stimulating book for the student of Algeria's history and an intriguing excursion through one of the by-ways of English literature.--Sir Alan Munro, The Journal of Algerian Studies

Acknowledgments
Introduction
British and American Relations With the Regency of Algiers Up Until the French Conquest
England and the Regency of Algiersp. 2
The Republic of the United States of America and the Regency of Algiersp. 9
British and American reactions to the French conquest of Algeriap. 12
"The Scourge of Christendom": The Making of An Image
Algiers, "the Warlike"p. 21
The conditions of the captivesp. 25
The Renegadesp. 29
North Africa in English and American Literature to the Late 18th Century
The Barbary theme in the Elizabethan and Jacobean dramap. 37
"Barbary" in the age of Enlightenmentp. 42
The Passing Away of Corsair Algiers
Consulship in "Barbary"p. 51
Mrs. Broughton's Six Years' Residence in Algiersp. 56
Lord Exmouth's bombardment of Algiersp. 64
Arab Resistance to the French Conquest of Algeria: Perception and Representation
Abd el-Kader in Englandp. 75
Soldiers' Tale: Ouida's Under Two Flagsp. 89
British and American Travel-Writers in Algeria ca. 1830-1930
The early travellersp. 98
English and American travellers in Algeria: 1830's-1930'sp. 102
The Desert in Imaginative Literature
The myth of the French Foreign Legionp. 163
The metaphysical desertp. 171
The desert romancep. 180
Two English ladies in the desert: Clare and Margaret Sheridanp. 184
The metaphorical desertp. 196
Wartime Algiers
Harold Macmillan's War Diariesp. 210
Diana Cooper: a diplomat's wife in wartime Algiersp. 213
The wind of change: Norman Lewis's Samarap. 216
The Casbah revisitedp. 224
The Literature of the Algerian War of Independence
Personal recollectionsp. 230
The War of Independence in fictionp. 233
Conclusionp. 253
Bibliographyp. 261
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780761807315
ISBN-10: 0761807314
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 28th September 1997
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 14.99  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.4