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Our Civilizing Mission: The Lessons of Colonial Education

Nicholas Harrison


Our Civilizing Mission is at once an exploration of colonial education, and a response to current anxieties about the historical and conceptual foundations of the ‘humanities’. On the one hand, focusing in detail on the example of Algeria, it treats colonial education as a facet of colonialism, exploring francophone writing that attests to the suffering inflicted by colonialism, to the shortcomings of colonial education, and to the often painful mismatch between the world of the colonial school and students’ home cultures. On the other hand, it asks what can be learned by treating colonial edu ... More

Keywords: colonial education, Algeria, francophone literatures, national cultures, colonialism, humanities education, French studies, postcolonial studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941763
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Harrison, author
King's College London