Malek Alloula (born 1937) is an Algierian poet, writer, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his poetry and essays on philosophy.
He wrote several books, including Le Harem Colonial: Images d’un sous-érotisme (Editions Slatkine, Geneve-Paris, 1981) which provides a commentary on images, specifically on a series of French postcards depicting mainly eroticized scenes from Algerian life under colonial rule during the first three decades of the 20th century, which Allouia calls the 'Golden Age of the colonial postcard'.
He is currently acting as the director of the foundation Abdelkader Alloula Foundation (Paris) in honour of his brother play writer and stage director Abdelkader Alloula.
- The Colonial Harem, 1981/1986.
- On Alloula
- Jennifer Abbate, "Photography and the Politics of Representing Algerian Women", Birmingham Journal of History (Spring 2012).
- Mark Durden (ed.), Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Routledge, 2013.