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Seth Graebner is Assistant Professor of French and of International and Area Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Chapter 1 Louis Bertrand and the Building of L'Afrique latine
Chapter 2 Robert Randau and the Algérianistes' Algeria
Chapter 3 The Roman indigène: Anthropological Fiction and its Consequences
Chapter 4 1930: The Cult of Memory
Chapter 5 Broken Idylls: Audisio, Camus, and Roblès
Chapter 6 Kateb Yacine and the Ruins of the Present
Chapter 7 Mohammed in the Métro: Remembering 17 October 1962 in the Novels of Rachid Boudjedra
History's Place is a distinguished, erudite, and convincing study of the crucial role of culture and literature in the articulation of the French-Algerian colonial relationship. Supported by outstanding research and innovative archival work, this book provides a compelling analysis of the ways by which three intellectual communities-Metropolitan French, Algerian French, and Arab/Imazighen-have continuously produced fictions of "Algeria" to support their claims to national identity and difference. Moving from the roman colonial to more recent postcolonial narratives, History's Place forces us to rethink our conceptions of French Algerian literature by insisting on trans-Mediterranean continuities rather than ruptures. As such, it is a wonderful tribute to the vitality and complexity of Francophone intellectual life since the nineteenth century.
— Lydie E. Moudileno, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Graebner's study is an innovative work, elaborated with a remarkable care for detail that still preserves the sense of an overarching structure of feeling and ideas that adhere to the movement of history. Not the least of its qualities is the clarity of its critical formulations, placed constantly at the service of an impressive breadth of coverage and analytical insight.
— Research in African Literatures, Winter 2009
This is a timely and original project on Algerian writing that both illuminates and redefines its object of study. Graebner's interdisciplinary approach to storytelling crosses traditional ethnic, national, and religious boundaries. He successfully brings together the radically different voices of early Algerianists, Albert Camus, Emmanuel Roblès, or Kateb Yacine and Rachid Boudjedra, without artificially reconciliing their points of view.
— Mireille Rosello, Universiteit van Amsterdam