The Image of Algeria in Anglo-American Writings 1785-1962

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This book explores the way in which British and American visitors experienced Algeria and about their imaginary responses to the country. It also attempts to trace the elaboration and evolution of the perception of Algeria in the West with particular focus on the impressions and representations of those Anglo-Americans who experienced Algeria at first hand and wrote about it. The book provides historical perspective from the 16th century to the turn of the 19th century, but more specifically from 1785, which ...

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Overview

This book explores the way in which British and American visitors experienced Algeria and about their imaginary responses to the country. It also attempts to trace the elaboration and evolution of the perception of Algeria in the West with particular focus on the impressions and representations of those Anglo-Americans who experienced Algeria at first hand and wrote about it. The book provides historical perspective from the 16th century to the turn of the 19th century, but more specifically from 1785, which opened the chapter of the young American Republic clashes with the Regency of Algiers, to the last years of the Algerian War of Independence in 1962. It provides for the first time a corpus of literary texts that offer a basic anthology of Anglo-American writings on Algeria. In that sense, some valuable documents that had fallen into oblivion have been retrieved, throwing some illuminating light on the common and often forgotten cultural connections between Algeria and the Anglo-American world over four centuries.

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Editorial Reviews

Aida Bamia
...provides a new glimpse into little known and rarely tapped English and American writings related to Algeria...great use to researchers interested in colonial studies, both in history and literature.
Sir Alan Munro
...a stimulating book for the student of Algeria's history and an intriguing excursion through one of the by-ways of English literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761807308
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

'sman Bencherif is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Algiers University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 British and American Relations With the Regency of Algiers Up Until the French Conquest
1 England and the Regency of Algiers 2
2 The Republic of the United States of America and the Regency of Algiers 9
3 British and American reactions to the French conquest of Algeria 12
Ch. 2 "The Scourge of Christendom": The Making of An Image
1 Algiers, "the Warlike" 21
2 The conditions of the captives 25
3 The Renegades 29
Ch. 3 North Africa in English and American Literature to the Late 18th Century
1 The Barbary theme in the Elizabethan and Jacobean drama 37
2 "Barbary" in the age of Enlightenment 42
Ch. 4 The Passing Away of Corsair Algiers
1 Consulship in "Barbary" 51
2 Mrs. Broughton's Six Years' Residence in Algiers 56
3 Lord Exmouth's bombardment of Algiers 64
Ch. 5 Arab Resistance to the French Conquest of Algeria: Perception and Representation
1 Abd el-Kader in England 75
2 Soldiers' Tale: Ouida's Under Two Flags 89
Ch. 6 British and American Travel-Writers in Algeria ca. 1830-1930
1 The early travellers 98
2 English and American travellers in Algeria: 1830's-1930's 102
Ch. 7 The Desert in Imaginative Literature
1 The myth of the French Foreign Legion 163
2 The metaphysical desert 171
3 The desert romance 180
4 Two English ladies in the desert: Clare and Margaret Sheridan 184
5 The metaphorical desert 196
Ch. 8 Wartime Algiers
1 Harold Macmillan's War Diaries 210
2 Diana Cooper: a diplomat's wife in wartime Algiers 213
3 The wind of change: Norman Lewis's Samara 216
4 The Casbah revisited 224
Ch. 9 The Literature of the Algerian War of Independence
1 Personal recollections 230
2 The War of Independence in fiction 233
Conclusion 253
Bibliography 261
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