FREN4206 - Representations of the Algerian War

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Azzedine Haddour
Teaching structure:
two assessed 3000 word essays (100%).

Module Description:

This module centres on representations of the Algerian War in fiction, films and
documentaries. Seminars will be divided between close textual analysis of individual
novels, and contextualising work that situates those novels in a broader historical and literary framework. The aim is to offer the opportunity to study in depth some complex and fascinating literary works, and to consider questions about the relationship between literature, history, and memory, and between different forms of

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Mohammed Dib, L’Incendie.
  • Assia Djebar, La Femme sans sépulture.
  • Jean Pelegri, Les Oliviers de la justice.
  • Frantz Fanon, Les Damnés de la terre.

Primary films:

  • Philippe Leotard, Avoir 20 ans dans les Aures.
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, La Bataille d’Alger.
  • Patrick Rotman and Bertrand Tavernier, La Guerre sans nom.
  • Laurent Heynemann, La Question.