Satellite image of Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Algeria

Algeria, North Africa, and the Mediterranean

Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Algeria. The project engages with the impact of the category of the transnational in Algerian cultural production.

ANAM is an IRCHSS-funded project on recent literary and cinematic representations of the Algerian nation and transnationalism. The project engages with the impact of the category of the transnational in Algerian cultural production.

Much of the critical literature on Algerian literature and film between 1954 and the mid-1980s centres on the relationship between the individual and the nation. This project reviews such nation-state allegories before investigating how writing and cinematography since 1988 seek to figure a more transnational identity.

It argues that in response to official views of the nation writers and film-makers have sought to look beyond a nation-centred narrative and to situate Algeria within broader regional and global networks of identity, in particular the Mediterranean.

The team will also examine contemporary representations of nation in Moroccan and Tunisian novels.

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