Malek Alloula

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Colonial Harem (Theory and History of Literature)
by Malek Alloula
Publisher's Description
"Malek Alloula has collected, arranged, and annotated picture postcards of Algerian women produced and sent by the French during the first three decades of this century. From this `album' emerges a powerful analysis of the distorting, denigrating effects of the French colonial presence on Algerian society. Alloula's reading of these photographs locates them in their historical context and examines them through the lens of contemporary critical theory. Women who will later be central to the fight for independence in Algeria are set up in the photographer's studio to represent the Frenchman's phantasm of the Oriental female and of life in the harem. The mundane uses of the postcard--short messages to family and friends--make the staged portrayals of Algerian women all the more insidious."--the publisher.
ISBN: 0816613842
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Paperback : 160 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
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