Call for papers - Europe and Maghreb: Exchanged Glances
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The Mediterranean Sea separates Europe from North Africa but at the same time establishes a very particular field of exchange. The specificity of the Maghreb and its geographical proximity with Europe was and still is a constant challenge for writers in colonial and post-colonial reality or in the time of contemporary migrations. The Maghreb, as its name indicates, is also the “West of the Orient”: a separate cultural and literary entity within the Arab world. And yet all this does not exhaust its complexity for the Maghreb belongs to Arabs as well as to Berbers and its contemporary literature is heavily marked by the versatile quest for identity and the process of cultural emancipation.
Thus, the issues that we want to tackle in this volume are fairly complex. On one hand, we intend tofocus on French and Francophone literature and, on the other hand, on Arabicand the newly emerging Amazigh literary production. The affinities between the Maghreband the Iberian Peninsula are worth exploring as well for in the past they constituted one bodyin terms of culture and politics. Contemporary migrations reshape those relations and encourage usto attribute new meanings to them. Yet the Maghrebian presence in Europe is not limitedto the South – we can trace its literary expression in different geographical and linguistic contexts.
The intensity of relations between Europe and the Maghreb makes it an exciting challengefor Comparative Literature that we will try to take on in the first issue of “Planeta Literatur” (“Planet of Literatures”): a multilingual, international online journal published by the Faculty of“Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Poland. We gather articles, presentations, reviewsand summaries presented in any language chosen by the author and considered to be the mostsuitable for the analyzed subject. Articles for the 1/2014 issue should be submittedby December 15th 2013 (sending subject proposals and abstracts beforehand is welcome).
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