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Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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Publisher Comments:

Algeria Cuts discusses the figure of woman, both under colonial rule in Algeria and within the postcolonial independent nation-state. It is an interdisciplinary project that spans fine art, film, colonial and legal policy, manifestos, prose fiction, and theoretical and philosophical texts concerning the relationship between France and Algeria. Khanna investigates gendered representation, identification, and justice, and in the process, calls into question the ways in which conventional disciplinary frameworks foreclose certain avenues of reflection while foregrounding others. Algeria Cuts seeks to understand Algeria and Algerian women as a philosophical site that facilitates an understanding of justice and the pursuit of feminism.

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Khanna (English and women's studies, Duke U.) analyzes the representation of Algerian women in literature, the arts, film, colonial and legal policy, manifestos, prose fiction, and in theoretical and philosophical texts about the relationship between France and Algeria. In both colonial and post-colonial Algeria--the period of French colonialism, the Algerian Revolutionary War of Independence, and the contemporary period in which feminists have been singled out--she examines how these portrayals fight against past nationalist constructions. She considers the concept of identification, and in each chapter, the notions of injustice and achieving justice, with the objective of understanding the relationship between culture and national history. Texts considered include Delacroix's Femme d'Algiers dans leur appartement, Breton's Manifeste des 121, the First Surrealist Manifesto paintings by Baya and Picasso, Pontecorvo's film The Battle of Algiers, and the work of Assia Djebar. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Algeria Cuts discusses the figure of woman under colonial rule in Algeria as well as within the postcolonial independent nation-state through an interdisciplinary framework that spans fine art, film, colonial and legal policy, manifestoes, prose fiction, and theoretical and philosophical texts concerning the relationship between France and Algeria.

About the Author

Ranjana Khanna is Associate Professor of English and Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (2003).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804752626
Author:
Khanna, Ranjana
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
African
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Women -- Algeria -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Women - Algeria - Political activity
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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