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Cristian Horacio Ricci
University of California, Merced (Merced, CA 95344-0039)
Moroccan Literature and the Broadening of Postcolonial Literary Studies

As the result of labor migration and family reunification (twenty percent of Moroccan citizens now live in Europe), combined with the geographic proximity of Europe and North Africa, the notion of a national or ‘native’ literature is slightly unstable with regard to Morocco. Morocco’s literary production is not limited by the borders of the nation-state, but spills over to the European continent, where the largest communities with members of Moroccan descent are to be found in France (over a million), Spain (800,000), the Netherlands (370,000), and Belgium (200,000). Moreover, the works of Morocco-based writers, who are also compelled to write in a language that is not their mother tongue, constitute a form of diasporic writing from within. It is not the aim of this study to tie such writings to their “national” place of origin, but to re-conceptualize the idea of a “Moroccan” literature with regard to the transnational and plurilingual experiences from which it arises.

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Project fields:
Area Studies

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014