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In the Labyrinth: Masculine Subjectivity, Expatriation, and Colonialism in Pépé le Moko

Janice Morgan
The French Review
Vol. 67, No. 4 (Mar., 1994), pp. 637-647
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/396926
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This reading of the film connects an existentialist interpretation of the hero's dilemma to the shaping contingencies of racial, class, and gender difference. Recently, a group of French critics has pointed out that the ambiguous relationship between the Parisian outlaw and an Arab police inspector who trails him in the labyrinth of the Casbah is, in fact, revealingly emblematic of submerged racial and political tensions in the symbiosis between France and the North African colonies. These writers do not, however, mention gender specificity or class as contributing links in the psycho-political structure revealed by the narrative.

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