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dc.contributor.advisorDine, Philip
dc.contributor.authorConnolly, Aoife
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T13:11:19Z
dc.date.issued2014-03-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/4872
dc.description.abstractAlthough the Algerian war (1954-1962) is now fifty years past, it remains a contentious issue in France. In the aftermath of this particularly violent conflict, the French public was encouraged to forget the hostilities and various communities involved in the war thus continue to seek a place in the national narrative, often by producing texts which feature their own version of events. One such group is the former European settlers of Algeria, most of whom fled to France in 1962. Against the backdrop of enduring stereotypes and myths associated with this community, which became known as the pieds-noirs during the war, this doctoral thesis examines how the settlers have represented themselves in literature and on-screen. It draws on theories of performativity to unravel some of the ways in which a pied-noir identity is informed by commemorative discourses. This thesis focuses on the pied-noir family as a key site of affective and ideological investment which may facilitate both inclusion and exclusion. More specifically, this study analyses performances of masculinity, femininity, adolescence and childhood as depicted in a variety of both autobiographical and fictional works by the settlers. Lesser known authors are considered, as are eminent writers from this community, including Albert Camus, Marie Cardinal and Hélène Cixous. Many of the variously fictional works analysed, despite appearing to be private stories, are revealed consciously to construct collective memory and to inform the performance of a communal post-independence identity.en_US
dc.subjectAlgeriaen_US
dc.subjectFranceen_US
dc.subjectPied-Noen_US
dc.subjectSettleren_US
dc.subjectPerformativityen_US
dc.subjectMemoryen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subjectMasculinityen_US
dc.subjectFemininityen_US
dc.subjectChildhooden_US
dc.subjectAdolescenceen_US
dc.subjectFamilyen_US
dc.subjectColonialen_US
dc.subjectPostcolonialen_US
dc.subjectFrenchen_US
dc.titlePerforming the Pied-Noir family: Weaving narratives of memory and identityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.funderIrish Research Councilen_US
dc.local.noteThis doctoral thesis examines the former French settlers of Algeria known as the pieds-noirs. Representations of masculinity, femininity, adolescence and childhood in variously fictional works are shown to influence post-independence perceptions of pied-noir memory and identity and to encourage attachment to a community or 'family' that was constructed in exile.en_US
dc.description.embargo2021-07-15
dc.local.finalYesen_US
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