Through the lens of the modern-day Moroccan city, I examine contemporary literary and sociocultural issues represented in Youssouf Amine Elalamy’s 2005 Tqarqīb Ennāb (Chatter), the first Moroccan book written entirely in Dārija (the Moroccan dialect of Arabic). I also explore the ways in which Elalamy uses everyday language in Tqarqīb Ennāb as a form of artistic expression that aims to engage the masses in the reading and understanding of the sociocultural and political developments in contemporary Morocco. The author depicts in his book urban experiences through conceptual art to express concerns about his society—a narrative in which he captures twenty-first-century Moroccan society by means of iconography and visual art but also through text and popular language in rhymed prose. In particular, I investigate Elalamy’s use of a new aesthetics of the big city, a fragmented and ailing space, while addressing an array of issues related to language, identity, religion, race, gender, terrorism, and globalism.
|Journal||Journal of North African Studies|
|State||Published - 2021|
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- aesthetics of the city
- contemporary urban experiences
- Moroccan fiction narratives
- Moroccan popular culture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations