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Author: Judith Surkis

Title: Ethics and Violence

Subtitle: Simone de Beauvoir, Djamila Boupacha, and the Algerian War

Journal: French Politics, Culture & Society

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Year: Summer 2010

Pages: 38-55

ISSN: 1537-6370 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1558-5271 – Find a Library: WordCat

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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Author: Judith Surkis, Department of History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Abstract: »This article situates Simone de Beauvoir's involvement in the case of Djamila Boupacha, an FLN militant who was tortured by the French Army in 1960, in the context of the repeated revelations of torture in course of the Algerian War. Drawing on Beauvoir's writings on ethics and other contemporary denunciations of torture, the essay illuminates how Beauvoir worked to overcome wide-spread public indifference. By focusing public attention on the Army's sexually degrading treatment of Boupacha, Beauvoir figured torture as a source of feminine and feminizing national shame.« (Source: French Politics, Culture & Society)

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 | 20th-century French writers: Simone de Beauvoir