Transnational Maghrebi Writings: Francophone Diasporas (NeMLA 2020, 5-8 March)
The study of francophone writings by Maghrebi immigrants has mostly focused on productions made in France, whether dubbed “beur”, urban literatures, or Maghrebi literatures of the diaspora. Critics have often built these literatures from the “origin” of the writers, leaving the text to be understood from its context. We will attempt to build our corpus from the writings of the diasporic situations, through a reading of the texts themselves, and by focusing on the different modes of belonging to the Maghreb. We will read the texts not by focusing exclusively on their national context, but will study diasporic literatures in their attachment to the region of the Maghreb, breaking from national borders in order to reconstitute a transnational diasporic Maghrebi corpus, composed in and through immigration. We will study texts from authors established in different francophone countries and regions and will attempt to see what links are possible between their different representations of the diasporic experience.
We will attempt to build a corpus of Maghrebi diasporic literature from the writings of different situations in diaspora by focusing on the different modes of belonging to the Maghreb. We will read the texts not by focusing exclusively on their national context but by studying diasporic literatures in their attachment to the region of Maghreb, breaking from national borders in order to reconstitute a transnational diasporic Maghrebi corpus, composed in and through immigration. The main questions asked will be the following: How are Maghrebi origins adapted to different writing contexts? Are there links between Maghrebi diasporic literatures from France, which are well-studied, and those written in Québec or Belgium, for example? In which measure are diasporic writings able to extract themselves of the center-periphery dynamics of francophonie, knowing that many volumes are still published in Paris? How are authors recontextualizing the geographical space of the Maghreb in their writing, what superpositions are possible between the different territories inhabited and lived?
We will center questions of representations of the territories and the links between inhabiting and identity in this corpus. We will privilege texts from outside the hexagonal frame, whether it be in a decolonial or post-colonial analysis, or in a perspective privileging the Maghreb.
Submissions must be made on the NeMLA 2020 conference page: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.