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Spaces of the Dispossessed in Algerian Cinema

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Guy Austin


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This article considers the function of spacecolonial space, space as disputed territory, gendered space, space and regional/cultural identityas a fundamental aspect of filmic representations of Algeria. The European colonial project informed what Richard Dyer has called 'a sense of white historical mastery over time and space'. After independence, the configuration and policing of space in the Algerian nationalist imaginary in many ways replicated French colonial power, and left little room for the representation of the dispossessedBerbers, women and youth. Neo-colonial Algerian cinema celebrated heroic Arabic masculinity and left the discontents of the liberation myth at the margins. This article will consider the ways in which dispossessed groups found representation in the spaces of Algerian cinema, both before and after the watershed moment of October 1988. In so doing it will analyse a range of films and make use of the theories of Pierre Bourdieu, Teshome Gabriel and Ranjana Khanna.

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Author(s): Austin G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Modern & Contemporary France

Year: 2011

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 195-208

Print publication date: 27/05/2011

ISSN (print): 0963-9489

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9869

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09639489.2011.565166

Notes: Special Issue: France and Algeria in Contemporary Visual Culture


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