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Epidemic EmpireColonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020$
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Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226739212

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226739496.001.0001

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Algeria Ungowned

Algeria Ungowned

(p.170) Chapter 5 Algeria Ungowned
Epidemic Empire

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb

University of Chicago Press

This chapter extends the argument about colonial crisis and epidemicity into the war-time writings of Frantz Fanon and Algerian revolutionary Djamila Boupacha, illuminating an understudied anti-enlightenment scientism in the work of the former and an anti-colonial poetics of the body in the latter. It focuses particularly on the relationship between epidemicity and the gendered morphology of the medicalized colonial subject from the anti and decolonial perspectives, and advances an argument about the centrality of the Algerian precedent to the American War on Terror by way of a reading of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, famously screened at the Pentagon in 2003.

Keywords:   Frantz Fanon, Djamila Boupacha, Algeria, terrorism, torture, veil, The Battle of Algiers, law, testimony, feminism

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