Lamalif: A Critical Anthology of Societal Debates in Morocco during the “Years of Lead” (1966–1988)

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Lamalif: A Critical Anthology of Societal Debates in Morocco during the “Years of Lead” (1966–1988)

Volume 1

2022

December 1st, 2022

£95.00

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This book presents a wide variety of articles from LAMALIF, Morocco’s longest-serving Moroccan Francophone journal. LAMALIF was active between 1966 and 1988, covering the most critical periods of Moroccan history and engaging in the most crucial debates about democratization, feminism, culture, education, Third World relations, and decolonization. LAMALIF was not just a journal. It was a school, where Morocco’s, North Africa’s and the developing world’s brilliant writers, artists, and thinkers found a space to disseminate their ideas and addresses readerships across different cultures and geographical areas in French. This anthology is the first comprehensive translation of a wide selection of articles that cover literary and art criticism as well as critical theory, feminism, Islam, and emigration. The anthology also makes available to Anglophone readerships articles about transnational solidarities and connections between North Africa and the rest of the world. LAMALIF is an anthology that historizes a cultural project within the difficult period of authoritarianism in Morocco and reveals that culture was a trenchant weapon in the struggle against silence and suppression.

  • The first English anthology of articles from the longest-serving journal in Morocco.
  • A comprehensive and interdisciplinary anthology that combines the literary with the political and the social.
  • A very rich compilation of articles that restore conversations from the past without belonging to the past.
  • LAMALIF offers an insightful journey into the politics of culture and society under authoritarian siege.
  • LAMALIF offers a fresh perspective on the pressing issues of multilingualism and multiculturalism and migration in Morocco, Europe, and Africa.

Author Information

Brahim El Guabli is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College. Ali Alalou is Associate Professor of French and Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration and Translation Choices
List of Figures
Preface by Zakya Daoud (a.k.a Jacqueline David)
Introduction
Part I: Literature and Literary Criticism
Mohamed Berrada: Itinerary and Problematics of Modern Arab Culture
Translated by Steve Fleck
Rachid Mimouni: A Literature, Fait Accompli
Translated by Matthew Reeck
Mohamed Bennis: The Manifesto of Writing
Translated by Matthew Brauer
Jamal Al Achgar: Driss Chraïbi: “I am from a lost generation.
Translated by Andrea Lloyd
Samira Mounir: Laâbi, or the New Messianism
Translated by Andrea Lloyd
Jamal Eddine Naji: Mostafa Nissaboury, “Moving past absence and deference to create.”
Translated by Matthew Brauer
Fatima Mernissi: Abdallah Zrika, the Voice of Love Still Unheard
Translated by Andrea Lloyd
Abdelfattah Kilito: Meddeb and His Doubles
Translated by yasser elhariry
J. M. et Zakya Daoud: Khaïr-Eddine: “We can’t stare at the sun without exposing ourselves to the tragedy of lucidity.”
Translated by Khalid Lyamlahy
Jacques Alessandra: The Fascination with Formalism
Translated by Khalid Lyamlahy
Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine: Rediscovering the South
Translated by Khalid Lyamlahy
Zakya Daoud: Khaïr-Eddine’s Linguistic Guerrilla Warfare
Translated by Khalid Lyamlahy
Abderrahmane Lakhsassi: The Conception of Tashelhit Poetry
Translated by Matthew Brauer
Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Writer and Exile (A Reading of Anabase by St. John-Perse)
Translated by Matthew Reeck
Juan Goytisolo: The Current State of Mudéjarism
Translated by Matthew Brauer
Zakya Daoud: Interview: A. Khatibi, To Be a Witness Generation, To Listen to the Times
Translated by Matthew Reeck
Mohamed El Malki: The Arab Theater in Search of a Redefinition of its Socio-Cultural Function
Translated by Steve Fleck
Zakya Daoud: Tayeb Saddiki Assesses Moroccan Culture
Translated by Matthew Brauer
Part II: Art and Art Criticism
Lamlif editors: Tallal: A Sad Violence
Translated by Katarzyna Pieprzak
Zakya Daoud: Chebaa: “The painting is working itself out in my head”
Translated by Megan Macdonald
Zakya Daoud: Amine Demnati: “Here they want to destroy. Art is beautiful. Destruction, on the other hand, is ugly.”
Translated by Katarzyna Pieprzak
Mohamed Chebaa: Let’s Liberate Painting from the Paratext!
Translated by Elizabeth Marcus
Alain Flamand: Chaibia’s Childhoods, or A Painter’s Grace
Translated by Megan Macdonald
Toni Maraini: Yacoubi, Who Were You?
Translated by Megan Macdonald
Abdallah Bounfour: Intertext and the Imaginary in The Work of Aboulouaqar
Translated by Megan Macdonald
Mohamed Kacimi: Writing on Writing
Translated by Megan Macdonald
Jamal Al Achgar: Comics, a New Art...
Translated by Andrea Lloyd
Alain Flamand: Miloudi’s Shapes
Translated by Elizabeth Marcus
Part III: Critical Theory
Omar Benjelloun/Mohamed Elberini: Document—Class Struggle in Morocco
Translated by Idriss Jebari
Mohamed El Berini: The Language Issue and the Class Struggle
Translated by Jill Jarvis
Moulim Laarousi: We Must Create a Language: Bouzfour and Oubelhaj
Translated by Kristin Hickman
Moulim Laroussi: Ahmed El Yabouri: The Reflection of Hegemony
Translated by Kristin Hickman
Abderrahman Tenkoul: Maghrebi Literature of French Expression and Critical Discourse
Translated by yasser elhariry
Mohamed Jibril: What is the Purpose of Education?
Translated by Ali Alalou
Farida Bennis: Thesis: Is Marxism a Freudian Idealism?
Translated by Idriss Jebari
Zakya Daoud: FIRST COMMISSION: To Liberate Culture Is to Liberate Man
Translated by Jill Jarvis
Amina Achour Ihrai: Laroui, Belal, and Guessous: In the Face of Historical Lag and Tradition
Translated by Samia Errazzouki
Zakya Daoud: Abdelkébir Khatibi: We Must Attempt a Lasting Double Critique
Translated by Matthew Reeck
Mustapha Sihimi: COUNTERPOINT: What Policy? What Culture?
Translated by yasser elhariry
Bensalem Himmic: CULTURE: Intellectuals in the Face of Historical Depression
Translated by yasser elhariry
Adelkébir Khatib: Beyond Trauma: Morocco/Spain (In Search of Lost Paradise)
Translated by Matthew Reeck