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Author: Sarah Kleinman

Title: Resistance, Representation, and War

Subtitle: Algerian Women, the French Army, and the Djamila Boupacha Case

Thesis: Honors Thesis, University of Florida

Advisor: Sheryl Kroen

Year: Spring 2012

Pages: iii + 47pp.

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Algerian History; European History: French History | Cases: Victims / Djamila Boupacha; Types: Prison Rape, Sexual Torture; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Algerian War


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Abstract: »Unlike thousands of other torture cases brought before military tribunals in Algeria during the French-Algerian War, the details of Algerian resistance fighter Djamila Boupacha’s story received considerable public attention in metropolitan France. Her case became a cause célèbre during a colonial war of independence which brought down France’s Fourth Republic and irrevocably altered the political, social, and economic landscape of both France and Algeria. How, then, did the trial of one woman manage to garner so much publicity? Part of the answer lies in the strategy employed by Boupacha’s lawyer, Gisèle Halimi, and the timely intervention of Simone de Beauvoir. However, the resonance of the case extends much further than piquing public opinion. In order to properly understand the case, one must examine the nature of the pervasive violence in the French-Algerian War, the specificities of systematic torture practiced in Algeria, the place of women during the conflict, and the multivalent role of gender.« (Source: Thesis)


  Acknowledgements (p. ii)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter One: Djamila's Resistance: Women of the urban FLN networks and the French Army's "emancipation" campaign (p. 7)
  Chapter Two: Djamila's Torture: Rape, culture, and sexualized violence in the French-Algerian War (p. 14)
  Chapter Three: Intellectuals for Djamila: Left-wing intellectuals, public opinion, and reports of torture (p. 21)
  Chapter Four: Beauvoir's Ethics and Halimi's Justice: The Djamila Boupacha Case (p. 29)
  Conclusion (p. 40)
  Bibliography (p. 44)
    Primary Sources (p. 44)
    Secondary Sources (p. 45)

Lecture: Kleinman, Sarah. »Resistance, Representation, and War: Algerian Women, the French Army, and the Djamila Boupacha Case, 1954-1962.« Monsters and Myths in the Making. Gainesville 2012. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of Algeria / French Algeria | History of Europe: History of France / French Fourth Republic, French Fifth Republic | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Algerian War / Djamila Boupacha, Torture during the Algerian War of Independence