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Writing French Algeria$
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Peter Dunwoodie

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159728

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159728.001.0001

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A Dream Deferred: Staging the Colonial Conflict in the Novels of the Ecole d’Alger

A Dream Deferred: Staging the Colonial Conflict in the Novels of the Ecole d’Alger

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(p.218) 6 A Dream Deferred: Staging the Colonial Conflict in the Novels of the Ecole d’Alger
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Writing French Algeria
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Peter Dunwoodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159728.003.0006

This chapter analyses the deferral of the ideal of countering the earlier strategies of erasure in the fiction of the Ecole d'Alger literary movement in Algeria. It explains that the works of Albert Camus, René-Jean Clot, and Marcel Moussy focused on the European population and critique many of the automatisms which marked that population. Clot's works, on the other hand, foregrounded the traditional colonial response which pastische racist stereotyping resulting from the always only partly successful derogatory descriptions of the Arab presence as alien, impenetrable, and unacceptable.

Keywords:   Ecole d'Alger, Algerian literature, literary movement, Algeria, Albert Camus, René-Jean Clot, Marcel Moussy, stereotyping

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