Revisionary Narratives

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Revisionary Narratives

Moroccan Women’s Auto/Biographical and Testimonial Acts

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 64


September 26th, 2019



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Revisionary Narratives examines the historical and formal evolutions of Moroccan women’s auto/biography in the last four decades, particularly its conflation with testimony and its expansion beyond literary texts. The book analyzes life narratives in Arabic, colloquial Moroccan Darija, French, and English in the fields of prison narratives, visual arts, theater, and digital media. The various case studies highlight narrative strategies women use to relate their experiences of political violence, migration, displacement, and globalization, while engaging patriarchal and (neo)imperial norms and practices. Using a transdisciplinary interpretative lens, the analyses focus on how women authors, artists, and activists collapse the boundaries between autobiography, biography, testimony, and sociopolitical commentary to revise dominant conventions of authorship, transgress oppressive definitions of gender roles and relations, and envision change.
Revisionary Narratives marks auto/biography and testimony as a specific field of inquiry within the study of women’s postcolonial cultural productions in the Moroccan and, more broadly, the Maghrebi and Middle Eastern contexts.


‘This work presents an original study and critique of current cultural production by Moroccan women as a response to the repressive Years of Lead …The qualities of the work are exceptional and it will add a dimension to the studies on Moroccan women’s cultural production that has not been addressed before.'
Valérie K. Orlando, University of Maryland

'This book's central focus on auto/biography and testimony in works of cultural production by women of Morocco makes a valuable contribution to recent scholarship in life writing/life narratives critically departing from the mostly male-centred repertoire of the sovereign subject. By including photographic and accompanying artistic practices, Hachad extends the field of auto/biographical studies beyond the preoccupation with writing.'
Norman Saadi Nikro, University of Potsdam

Author Information

Naïma Hachad is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at American University.