Postcolonial Literature and the Task of (Re-)imagining the Maghreb

  • Jessica da Silva C. de Oliveira
Part of the Global Political Sociology book series (GLPOSO)


Literary texts have been frequently used as resourceful spaces to reinvent and articulate languages and worlds that are particularly relevant to catch a glimpse of real people’s lives and worldviews, especially in what touches what is beyond the conventional and thinkable. The chapter introduces the reader to the universe of Maghrebian postcolonial literature written in French and the main questions surrounding its development in both shores of the Mediterranean. It inaugurates the reflections around the “worldliness of texts”—as discussed by Edward Said in his later writings—in order to both situate texts in their contexts and discuss the potential narrative strategies to articulate alternative subjectivities and views aimed at political change. The discussion also manages to show how literature appears as an important method for “worldism”—a notion that describes and stands for an ontology of multiple worlds—in the task of (re-)imagining postcolonial Maghreb.


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  • Jessica da Silva C. de Oliveira
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  1. 1.Department of International RelationsPontifical Catholic University of Minas GeraisPoços de CaldasBrazil

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