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Title:Mother-word and French-language Moroccan writing
Author:Mezgueldi, ZohraISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Morocco
French language
About persons:al-Tahir Ibn Gallun (1944-)
Driss Chraïbi (1926-2007)ISNI
'Abd al-Kabir al-Katibi (1938-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3820305
Abstract:The present study adopts an approach to French-language literature from Morocco which examines the relationship that this production maintains with the Moroccan culture of oral tradition. The question that underpins this analysis is: what does a text by a Moroccan writer of French expression reveal of the writer's maternal culture? Through the role that they play in the transmission of culture, women, particularly the mother, occupy a privileged place in the formation of the imaginary, for the most part through storytelling. Three founding and representative French-language texts are analysed: Driss Chraïbi's 'Le passé simple' (1954), Abdelkébir Khatibi's 'La mémoire tatouée' (1971), and Tahar Ben Jelloun's 'Harrouda' (1973). The aim is to uncover in these works reminiscences of the tales of childhood through which women forge the imaginary in question. Bibliogr.