Algeria Unveiled/ Battle of Algiers (HUM415)

The pdf version of Frantz Fanon’s “Algeria Unveiled” posted on the course information page was incomplete. Here is a proper pdf:


The “bombing sequences” we watched in class on Monday:

I’d like us to hold onto the concept of the Floating Signifier, which I think will come in handy as we move along. Here is how Daniel Chandler defines it in his book Semiotics for Beginners:

An ’empty’ or ‘floating signifier’ is variously defined as a signifier with a vague, highly variable, unspecifiable or non-existent signified. Such signifiers mean different things to different people: they may stand for many or even any signifieds; they may mean whatever their interpreters want them to mean. In such a state of radical disconnection between signifier and signified, ‘a sign only means that it means’ (Goldman & Papson 1994, 50).

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