A LIMITED VISIBILITY
My contribution to the Mediterranean studies obviously takes for the starting point my competence as a Romanist. It is thus a vision filtrated through French. Nonetheless what attracts me in this area is exactly its complexity and irreducibility to the domain of a single language and culture, its diagrammatic character - the necessity of considering this cultural reality as a complex diagram of connections.
A single key must do, together with a category of translucent that I treat as a specific esthetic concept. A French text written by a Maghrebian author - or intellectual, because essays interest me more than novels in this context - is in fact supported by a complex "plumbing" of concepts, conditions of their translatability and intranslatability, their presence and significant absence on the surface. The interplay of these elements builds the dimension of emergence - a completely new level of complexity that interests me so vividly. In these terms I read, as I just mentioned, first of all the intellectuals: Laâbi, Meddeb, Benzine, in fact any I can put my hands on. The transparencies of their French formation and persuasions show me novel intellectual landscapes, going very far beyond anything that we could actually call "French", deconstructing the very sense of Europeanness and enriching it in new meanings coming from the peripheries, in what I once called intrusive spirit of the Desert.
(IL)LEGIBILITY OF MOROCCO
A BOOK PROJECT
This research project leads to a book characterizing the recent developments of the Moroccan literature, marked by linguistic divergence. The idea appeared as a consequence of a research realized in Casablanca and Rabat in March/April 2013. The materials brought from the book fair at that occasion form a first "pack" that will be contrasted with another lease in two or three years in order to produce a publication that might conjugate novelty and insight into the becoming of the country and its reputed literary market.