After WWI France found itself in economic and political problems due to its military involvement in the first of two World Wars, the country which had been considered one of the several major powers was forced rebuild itself in more than one way. The French economy was obliterated due to the loss of man power … [Read more…]
The colonial French empire expanded to include Algeria, a province in the Ottoman Empire, in 1830. This expansion came with many assumptions about inherent difference between the French colonizers and the native Algerians. Scholars such as Edward Said have used the term Orientalism to describe this set of ideas about differences between the people of … [Read more…]
It is well-known that Algeria, despite its elections and constitution, is not a democratic country. The Economist Intelligence Unit has given Algeria a rank of 3.44 out of 10 in their 2011 Democracy Index. This ranking categorizes Algeria as an authoritarian country.
In 1849 the ideal French woman was often depicted in the artwork of the recent Impressionist movement as beautiful, idolized, and silent. In that same year George Sand’s work La Petite Fadette presented an alternative image of a woman; one who was strong and intelligent.
Manon Lescaut is a novel written by the abby Prévost during the eighteenth century Enlightenment. When first published, the book was seen as scandalous because it suggested that love, fate, and emotion ruled aspects of life.
François-René de Chateaubriand has a dual use of exoticism in his novel Atala.