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Dr Gemma McKinnie
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This article takes as its starting point the use of fire as a political metaphor by Algerians who participated in the Screening Violence research project; it emerged in these discussions as a trope of struggle and conflict in Algeria. In part, this political imaginary has been influenced by France, where fire has historically represented freedom and resistance to unjust powers. However, this inheritance has not been received passively in Algeria, and its irony in a colonial context contributes to a complex relationship with tropes of resistance in Algerian cultural and social discourse. We therefore trace a genealogy of the trope of fire which acknowledges the inevitable and significant contribution of the French political imaginary to the Algerian, but which also recognises the distinct cultural modes of resistance taken up by Algerian artists and political activists themselves, from the Algerian Revolution of 1954 to the Hirak protests of 2019.
Author(s): Austin G, McKinnie G
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: French Cultural Studies
Pages: epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 18/04/2022
Acceptance date: 18/04/2022
ISSN (print): 0957-1558
ISSN (electronic): 1740-2352
Notes: Co-written by Austin and McKinnie (50/50).
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