Walls of Algiers : Narratives of the City through Text and Image, Paperback / softback Book

Walls of Algiers : Narratives of the City through Text and Image Paperback / softback

Edited by Zeynep Celik, Julia Clancy-Smith, Frances Terpak



Walls of Algiers examines the historical processes that transformed Ottoman Algiers, the "Bulwark of Islam," into "Alger la blanche," the colonial urban showpiece - and, after the outbreak of revolution in 1954 - counter-model of France's global empire.

In this volume, the city of Algiers serves as a case study for the analysis of the proactive and reactive social, political, technical, and artistic forces that generate a city's form.

Visual sources - prints, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, urban designs, and film - are treated as primary evidence that complements and even challenges textual documents. The contributors' wide-ranging but intersecting essays span the disciplines of art history, social and cultural history, urban studies, and film history.

Walls of Algiers presents a multifaceted look at the social use of urban space in a North African city.

Its contributors' innovative methodologies allow important insights into often overlooked aspects of life in a city whose name even today conjures up enchantment as well as incomprehensible violence. Contributors include Julia Clancy-Smith, Omar Carlier, Frances Terpak, Zeynep Celik, Eric Breitbart, Isabelle Grangaud, and Patricia M.

E. Lorcin.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 90 color illus.
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
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  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9780295988689



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