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Algeria and the Intellectuals (slides)

1968 (slides)

Background Reading:
Popkin, Modern France, pp. 285-292, 303-308.

Required Readings:
Simone de Beauvoir and Gisèle Halimi, Djamila Boupacha (trans. 1962), pp. 9-32, 90-100, available on e-reserves.

Jean-Paul Sartre, preface to Franz Fanon,Wretched of the Earth (1961), on-line.

Recommended Viewing:
Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1965)--a work of fiction, this film nonetheless gives an extremely vivid sense of the fighting for Algiers. The trailer is available on-line, as are other short clips and the script.

See also the discussion of Rachid Bouchareb's Les Indigènes [literally, The Natives, though the English version is called Days of Glory] (2006); trailer on-line.


Further Reading:
Paul Aussaresses, The Battle of the Casbah. Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism trans. Robert L. Miller (2002)--in this book and some famous interviews (including one on 60 Minutes), General Aussaresses defended the French use of torture in Algeria.

Timothy [T.J.] Clark, Christopher Gray, Donald Nicholson-Smith, and Charles Radcliffe, "The Revolution of Modern Art and the Art of Modern Revolution" (1967), on-line.

Matthew Connelly, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post Cold-War Era (2002).

Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism (1965).

Mouloud Feraoun, Journal, 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War (2000).

James LeSueur, Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the decolonization of Algeria (2001).

Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and the Colonized (1956).

Kristin Ross, May '68 and its Afterlives (2002).

Leïla Sebbar (ed.), An Algerian Childhood: A Collection of Autobiographical Narratives (2001).

Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization (2006).

Benjamin Stora, Algeria, 1830-2000 : A Short History (2001).



Algerian history

Algeria on French tv
French television footage of Algeria (you can watch it, even if you don't understand French!)

1968 posters
May 1968 posters