The Visual Economy of France and Algeria
Edward Welch and Joseph McGonagle
Edward Welch is Senior Lecturer in French at Durham University.
Joseph McGonagle is Lecturer in Cultural Studies in the French-speaking World at The University of Manchester.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Visualising the Franco-Algerian Relationship Part One. Algerian Pasts in the French Public Sphere 1. Wish We Were There: Nostalgic (Re)visions of France’s Algerian Past 2. Visions of History: Looking Back at the Algerian War 3. Out of the Shadows: The Visual Career of 17 October 1961 Part Two. Mapping Franco-Algerian Borders in Contemporary Visual Culture 4. War Child: Memory, Childhood and Algerian Pasts in Recent French Film 5. Bridging the Gap: Representations of the Mediterranean Sea 6. A Sense of Place: Envisioning Post-Colonial Space in France and Algeria Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
Contesting Views is a meticulously researched work, brimming with relevant references to a range of secondary literature on Franco-Algerian relations, and one which also demonstrates a welcome gendered awareness of female invisibility in many of the images discussed. This insightful and wide-ranging study recognizes the significant and, until now, underrepresented role played by the visual in informing pre- and post-colonial views of Franco-Algerian relations, and will thus appeal to both general and specialist readers with an interest in such relations, and in visual culture as a whole.
Siobhan McIlvanney, Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies
This book is very successful in putting together and analyzing a rich and diverse portfolio of images that have circulated (or not) between France and Algeria over the course of Franco-Algerian history. It breaks new ground in that it pays close attention to visual representations outside of film and interrogates the power or usefulness of photographs in refining – or derailing? – historical narratives.
Contemporary French Civilization, Vol. 39, No. 3
This is an important and profoundly interesting book. It is timely in every sense ... this book’s achievements is that its joint authorship finds expression in a seamless clarity of writing, intelligence and insight.
Journal of European Studies, 44
This timely volume will be most useful to scholars and students in these areas, but will also appeal to those with an interest in the history of the Franco-Algerian relationship and its ongoing intricacies fifty years after decolonization.
French Studies, Vol. 68, no 2
Contesting Views is an incisive and timely analysis of visual culture and its role in the mediation of Franco-Algerian relations, and makes a convincing case for the importance of visual image and visual forms in considering the postcoloniality of both France and Algeria.
University of Leeds
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: April 30, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 27