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Trauma, Cinema and the Algerian War

Austin, Guy 2009. Trauma, Cinema and the Algerian War. New Readings 10 , pp. 18-25. 10.18573/newreadings.68

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This article analyses the depiction of the Algerian War in French and Algerian cinema, making use of trauma theory. In particular, Cathy Caruth’s assertions that trauma involves an “inherent latency” and that the most powerful filmic representations of trauma display “a seeing and a listening from the site of trauma” will be used to explore the ways in which Algerian cinema has engaged with the impact of the conflict on the indigenous people. Among the films addressed are The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965), Youcef (Chouikh, 1993), and La Maison jaune (Hakkar, 2007). Conclusions are also drawn about the role of cinema in providing images of the recent civil war in Algeria.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 10:48

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