(In)edible Algeria: transmitting Pied-Noir nostalgia through food

Hubbell, Amy (2013) (In)edible Algeria: transmitting Pied-Noir nostalgia through food. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 10 2: 1-18.

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Author Hubbell, Amy
Title (In)edible Algeria: transmitting Pied-Noir nostalgia through food
Journal name Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-2490
Publication date 2013-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Editor Angela Giovanangeli
Julie Robert
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Institute for International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For the nearly one million French citizens who fled Algeria during and after the Algerian War for Independence (1954–1962), the desire to return home has not easily been attenuated. These exiles, commonly referred to as Pieds-Noirs, settled predominantly in France where they experienced discrimination and exclusion due to their colonial ties. Consequently, the once diverse population bonded together in a close-knit community that became consumed with saving and transmitting memories of the homeland, and in a historical period of public silence about the Algerian War until 1999 when it was officially recognized. As Benjamin Stora points out, upon the Pieds-Noirs’ exile in 1962, ‘la mémoire de l’Algérie française va d’abord se transmettre, essentiellement, par les tenants d’un «pays perdu»’ (1999: 72). In their effort to maintain their cultural roots, each year on the anniversary of their exodus Pieds-Noirs gather to share memories and to enjoy ‘authentic’ Pied-Noir dishes such as couscous, merguez, anisette, mouna, and méchoui. In these almost stereotypical feasts among friends, the community reconnects to the past as they re-enact what was once a familiar experience. Much like biting into a Proustian madeleine, the Pieds-Noirs can be transported, if only fleetingly, to a former time of wholeness and comfort as they partake in the culinary delights of their youth...
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Additional Notes Special Issue: "Edible Alterities: Perspectives from La Francophonie".

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