FRENG050 - Gender, Race and Sexuality

Value: 30 credits
Dr Azzedine Haddour
Teaching structure:
6,000 word essay

Module Description:

This comparative and interdisciplinary module combines perspectives from art history, visual culture, film, literary and cultural studies. The module explores the representation of Algerian women in the paintings of Delacroix and Picasso, in Jean Geisor’s ‘erotic’ postcards compiled by Malek Alloula in The Colonial Harem, in literary texts by André Gide, Albert Camus and Assia Djebar, in the filmic narrative of Pontecorvo, as well as in the theoretical and critical works of Frantz Fanon, Pierre Bourdieu and Germaine Tillion. By focusing on these visual and textual narratives the aim of this module is to probe and problematise the intersections of gender, race and sexuality. The module does not require a knowledge of French.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Primary Texts:

  • Delacroix, Women of Algiers
  • Picasso, Women of Algiers
  • Assia Djebar, Women of Algiers in their Apartment
  • Malek Alloula, The Colonial Harem
  • André Gide, The Immoralist
  • Albert Camus, The Outsider
  • Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers
  • Germaine Tillion, My Cousin, My Husband
  • Frantz Fanon, ‘Algeria Unveiled
  • Pierre Bourdieu, Algeria 1960

Secondary Reading:

  • André Gide, If it die
  • Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism
  • Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
  • Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and the Colonized
  • Albert Memmi, Decolonization and the Decolonized
  • Pierre Bourdieu, Masculine Domination
  • Edward Said, Orientalism
  • Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism
  • Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism
  • Mary Pratt, ‘Mapping Ideology: Gide, Camus, and Algeria’
  • Marc Garanger, Femmes algériennes 1960
  • Neil MacMaster, Burning the Veil
  • Meyda Yegenoglu, Colonial fantasies
  • Peter Knauss, The Persistence of Patriarchy
  • Marnia Lazreg, The Eloquence of Silence
  • Marnia Lazreg, Torture and the Twilight of Empire
  • Marnia Lazreg, Questioning the Veil