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Date: 4:30pm EST February 10, 2016

Front Cover Iconography and Algerian Women’s Writing

A lecture and book signing by Pamela Pears, Associate Professor of French at Washington College.

The talk will explore the front covers of books written by Algerian women, covers that have implications that extend beyond selling the book. What we see on one side of the page—or in this case, the cover, controls what we read on the reverse—in this case, the text itself. Dr. Pears will discuss how the images used on the covers of Algerian women’s writing work with and against the texts they represent. These images – which often depict Orientalist art, the veil, the desert, and the author portrait –have an impact on the initial reception of the book, but beyond that, the images on the covers determine how both the informed and uninformed reader categorize and interpret francophone Algerian women’s writing in France and beyond. 


A reception and book signing will follow the event.


This program is free and open to the public; the event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and Gender Studies.