The next meeting of Postcolonial Texts will discuss Joshua Cole’s chapter “Intimate Acts and Unspeakable Relations: Remembering Torture and the War for Algerian Independence,” from Alec Hargreave’s edited text Memory, Empire and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005). A copy can be found here: Cole Torture 2005.
This chapter discusses the ritualistic and performative aspect of torture within the context of the Algerian War for Independence.
We will meet in SR2 of the LHRI at 3pm on Friday 19 June.
In our last meeting we discussed ‘Apprivoiser la panthère’ (‘Taming the Panther’) from Amin Maalouf’s 1998 essay Les Identités meurtrières (In the Name of Identity), covering topics from second and third language acquisition to French republicanism.
For the third meeting of the Postcolonial Texts Reading Group, we will discuss an extract from Fadhma Aït Mansour Amrouche’s Histoire de ma vie (My Life Story: The Autobiography of a Berber Woman). Published posthumously in 1968, this text tells the story of a woman living between the two worlds of Kabyle and French colonial Algeria.
The extract in the original French can be found here: Fadhma Amrouche-PDF(2005, La découverte) and an English translation by Dorothy S. Blair can be found here: My Life Story ENG (1989, Rutgers).
The meeting will take place at 4.30pm Thursday 26th March in Seminar Room 2 in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, the University of Leeds.
As usual, we have selected a text originally published in French, but we encourage the attendance of francophone and non-francophone readers alike!
In our last meeting we discussed the themes of violence and national identity in Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.
For our second meeting of the new Postcolonial Texts reading group, we will follow up on this discussion with an extract entitled ‘Taming the Panther’ (‘Apprivoiser la panthère) from Amin Maalouf’s 1998 essay In the Name of Identity (Les Identités meurtrières).
The extract in the original French can be found here: ‘Apprivoiser la panthere’ Maalouf (1998) Grasset & Fasquelle, and the English translation by Barbara Bray: ‘Taming the Panther’ Maalouf (2012) Arcade Publishing.
The take meeting will take place 4.30-6 pm, Tuesday 24th February in Seminar Room 2 in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, the University of Leeds. You can a copy of the campus map here.
All are welcome! Venez nombreux!
Please find uploaded here the texts which we will be discussing in our first meeting. These are:
Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (Les damnés de la terre): The Pitfalls of National Consciousness (Revised translation here: The_trials_and_tribulations_of_National_Consciousness and French original here: Mesaventures_de_la_conscience_nationale)
Neil Lazarus, “Frantz Fanon after the ‘postcolonial prerogative'” in his book The Postcolonial Unconscious (CUP, 2011): Lazarus_on_Fanon_2011
Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd,
Joe, Natalia and Beatrice