Elizabeth L. Crouch
Examines European colonialism in North Africa, life under colonial domination, influences of Islam, rise of nationalism, struggles for independence, and the legacy of this relationship on contemporary conflicts of immigration, religion, and cultural identity. Focuses on Algeria and France, but also considers Britain, Germany, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Spain, and Tunisia.
This course is an introduction to North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Libya) from approximately 1830 to the present. Particular attention will be paid to the initial colonial conquest, life under colonial domination, encounters between Europeans and North Africans, the rise of nationalist and independence movements, and the legacy of the interactions between Europe and North Africa on contemporary conflicts about immigration, religion, and cultural identity. Central to this discussion is the intricate and tangled connection between Algeria and France, although Britain, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Spain, and Tunisia will also be considered. Special attention will be paid to how Europeans and North Africans thought about one another and their clash of cultures as displayed in art, literature, travel writing and memoirs, government documents, architecture, and film (among other sources) against the backdrop of specific historical developments taking place at the time.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
No prerequisite required except a healthy intellectual curiosity.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to attend lectures, complete all assigned readings, watch required films, participate in class discussion, and complete paper writing assignments and examinations.