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Contesting ViewsThe Visual Economy of France and Algeria$
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Edward Welch and Joseph McGonagle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318849

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318849.001.0001

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A Sense of Place: Envisioning Post-Colonial Space in France and Algeria

A Sense of Place: Envisioning Post-Colonial Space in France and Algeria

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Contesting Views

Edward Welch

Joseph McGonagle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how the national spaces of France and Algeria are depicted in contemporary portrayals of the two countries. Noting the recurrence of topoi such as the ferry port, the port city, the deprived urban suburb and the ancestral village, it considers how the representation of these and other spaces structure perceptions of each country and the relationship between them. It also adopts a historical perspective by exploring how these tropes and settings resonate or break with visual representations of colonial Algeria. Material analysed includes films by Algerian émigré director Merzak Allouache (Salut cousin!), and Franco-Algerian directors such as Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche (Bled Number One) and Djamel Bensalah (Il était une fois dans l’Oued).

Keywords:   Banlieue, Beur, Travel, Migration, Geography, Space

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