Colonial Myths: History and Narrative

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
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This book offers a cogent and compelling critique of a wide range of colonial narratives by Albert Camus and other pied-noir writers such as Robles, Pelegri, and Clot. Haddour shows how the imaginative and theoretical texts by these, and other authors, are marked by the crushing weight of colonial history, how they articulate the dimensions of colonial power and dominance, and how, by the same token, they constitute an agency for resistance.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements page viii
1
a colonist stratagem in writing
4
colonial Algeria in myths and countermyths
24
At the margin of the colonial text
42
the political ruses of irony
60
The colonial gaze and the ghosts of colonialism
92
The plagues of colonialism
113
Colonial racism and the fear of miscegenation
126
The signifier of the outside
155
War history and melancholia
175
Index
193
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Azzedine Haddour is Lecturer in French at University College London.

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