This article studies the role of the typewriter in the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962). When a printing press was unavailable during the war, women militants used the typewriter to process articles for El Moudjahid, the designated newspaper of the anticolonial revolutionaries. Providing a media history and theory of this event, the article argues that the typewriter—both woman and machine—was an active militant who cut texts and bodies to advance the revolutionary cause. The typewriter denaturalized assumptions about the newspaper’s colonial appearance, thus bringing forth a new form for anticolonial journalism.
The Typewriter Cuts
akrish adhikari is a PhD candidate in French at Princeton University. He specializes in Francophone African studies, film and media studies, and critical theory. His current major project, “Teledrumming (1922–1971),” charts the interconnected roles of drumming and women as the media of anticolonialism in the French empire. His work appears in journals such as Configurations, Book History, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and The Comparatist.
Akrish Adhikari; The Typewriter Cuts. differences 1 September 2023; 34 (2): 109–131. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-10713847
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