Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image

Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image

By: Zeynep Celik (editor), Frances Terpak (editor), Julia Clancy-Smith (editor)Paperback

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Walls of Algiers examines the historical processes that transformed Ottoman Algiers, the "Bulwark of Islam," into "Alger la blanche," the colonial urban showpiece - and, after the outbreak of revolution in 1954 - counter-model of France's global empire. In this volume, the city of Algiers serves as a case study for the analysis of the proactive and reactive social, political, technical, and artistic forces that generate a city's form. Visual sources - prints, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, urban designs, and film - are treated as primary evidence that complements and even challenges textual documents. The contributors' wide-ranging but intersecting essays span the disciplines of art history, social and cultural history, urban studies, and film history. Walls of Algiers presents a multifaceted look at the social use of urban space in a North African city. Its contributors' innovative methodologies allow important insights into often overlooked aspects of life in a city whose name even today conjures up enchantment as well as incomprehensible violence. Contributors include Julia Clancy-Smith, Omar Carlier, Frances Terpak, Zeynep Celik, Eric Breitbart, Isabelle Grangaud, and Patricia M. E. Lorcin.


AcknowledgmentsNote on TransliterationIntroduction / Zeynep Celik, Julia Clancy-Smith, and Frances Terpak Part One | Peoples1. Eroticism, Erasures, and Absence: The Peopling of Algiers, 1830-1900 / Julia Clancy-Smith2. Medina and Modernity: The Emergence of Muslim Civil Society in Algiers between the Two World Wars / Omar Carlier Part Two | Images3. The Promise and Power of New Technologies: Nineteenth-Century Algiers / Frances Terpak4. A Lingering Obsession: The Houses of Algiers in French Colonial Discourse / Zeynep Celik5. The Invisible Prison: Representing Algiers on Film / Eric Breitbart Part Three | Places6. Masking and Unmasking the Historic Quarters of Algiers: The Reassessment of an Archive / Isabelle Grangaud7. Historic Intersections: The Center of Algiers / Zeynep CelikHistoriographies of Algiers: Critical Reflections / Patricia M. E. Lorcin Selected BibliographyIndexContributors

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  • ISBN13: 9780295988689
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780295988689
  • weight: 794
  • ISBN10: 0295988681

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