Writing the Black Decade : Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature EPUB
by Joseph Ford
Part of the After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France series
Writing the Black Decade: Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature examines how literatureand the way we read, classify, and critique literatureimpacts our understanding of the world at a time of conflict. Using the bitterly-contested Algerian Civil War as a case study, Joseph Ford argues that, while literature is frequently understood as an illuminating and emancipatory tool, it can, in fact, restrain our understanding of the world during a time of crisis and further entrench the polarized discourses that lead to conflict in the first place. Ford demonstrates how Francophone Algerian literature, along with the cultural and academic criticism that has surrounded it, has mobilized visions of Algeria over the past thirty years that often belie the complex and multi-layered realities of power, resistance, and conflict in the region. Scholars of literature, history, Francophone studies, and international relations will find this book particularly useful.
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