Recycling the ‘Colonial Harem’? Women in Postcards from French Indochina

  title={Recycling the ‘Colonial Harem’? Women in Postcards from French Indochina},
  author={Jennifer Yee},
  journal={French Cultural Studies},
  pages={19 - 5}
  • Jennifer Yee
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Art
  • French Cultural Studies
While there has been relatively little serious analysis of colonial postcards, Malek Alloula’s influential book Le Harem colonial put forward a reading of such postcards from the early 1900s as perpetuating a harem fantasy through which French male colonists viewed North Africa. This article analyses a selection of postcards of women from France’s Indochinese colonies at the same period, and suggests that Alloula’s thesis does not fit them in a comparable way. The Indochinese postcards borrow… 

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