“How does it feel to be a white man?” William Gardner Smith’s “The Stone Face”

Matthew Teutsch
5 min readApr 19, 2023

Working on my syllabus for my upcoming “Black Expatriate Writers in France” class, I came across William Gardner Smith’s The Stone Face (1963), and even though the course focuses on Southern France (Marseille and Nice), I decided to include Smith’s novel, which is set in Paris, because of its depiction of French colonial racism against Algerians and itd…

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Matthew Teutsch

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