Remembering French Algeria: Pieds-Noirs, Identity, and Exile by Amy L. Hubbell

By Amy L. Hubbell

Colonized by way of the French in 1830, Algeria used to be a tremendous French settler colony that, not like its associates, persevered a long and brutal battle for independence from 1954 to 1962. The approximately a million Pieds-Noirs (literally “black-feet”) have been former French voters of Algeria who suffered a hectic departure from their houses and discrimination upon arrival in France. In reaction, the as soon as heterogeneous workforce unified as a neighborhood because it struggled to take care of an id and retain the reminiscence of colonial Algeria alive.


Remembering French Algeria examines the written and visible new edition of Algeria by way of the previous French voters of Algeria from 1962 to the current. by way of detailing the upkeep and transmission of reminiscence caused via this disturbing event, Amy L. Hubbell demonstrates how colonial id is encountered, remodeled, and sustained in Pied-Noir literature and movie, with the machine of repetition functioning in those literary and visible texts to create a unified and mawkish model of the previous. while, even if, the Pieds-Noirs’ compulsion to come compromises those efforts. Taking Albert Camus’s Le Mythe de Sisyphe and his next essays on ruins as a metaphor for Pied-Noir identification, this publication reviews autobiographical money owed by way of Marie Cardinal, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Leïla Sebbar, in addition to lesser-known Algerian-born French electorate, to research circulate as a destabilizing and efficient method of the past.

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