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Title:Identity, Culture, and the Discontents of Hybridity: A Critical Study of the Post -Colonial (Moroccan) Novel
Author(s):Hamil, Mustapha
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Palencia-Roth, Michael; Accad, Evelyne
Department / Program:Comparative Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, African
Abstract:In Chapter One, I examine how contemporary Arab discourse on the I/Other opposition has not liberated its premises from the fixed Hegelian master/slave dialectic, and thus continues to posit the West/modernity as a stable and homogeneous entity against which everything else, including intellectual and literary production, is read as marginal. In Chapter Two, I demonstrate how the Moroccan novel in French and Arabic fails to interrogate both French and nationalist historiographies. Chapter Three deals with the emergence of individualized "petits recits" of protest and disenchantment subsequent to the failure project of independence. In Chapter Four, I suggest that the journey North, contrary to Edward Said argues, re-inscribes the West as a point of reference and ultimately as a fixed reality against which everything else, including manifest and latent hybrid consciousness, need to be defined. Chapter Five offers a detailed reading of Tahar Ben Jelloun and Mohamed Berrada, who illustrate the two trends of self-orientalization and self-occidentalization. Both forms of representation, self-occidentalization and self-orientalization, effect, in Anne McClintock's words, a re-staging of Eurocentric times.
Issue Date:2000
Description:208 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971088
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2000

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