Abstract

This essay explores the imagination of the Moroccan bidonville as “captive space” in two recent francophone Moroccan novels: Mahi Binebine’s Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen [The Stars of Sidi Moumen] (2010) and Naïma Lahbil Tagemouati’s La Liste [The List] (2013). Drawing on theoretical work on the “zone of nonbeing” (Fanon), “perceptual enclosure” (Sekyi-Otu), and “conditions of appearance” (Gordon), the essay seeks to understand the aesthetics of immobility and the possibilities of self-constitution and self-revision present in the two novels.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2044
Print ISSN
0034-5210
Pages
pp. 32-49
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-06
Open Access
No
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