Arab writers have often been at the forefront of the critical eye placed by their society on its political and religious representatives, sometimes being exposed to censure, or prosecution, imprisonment or exile. This conference presented a few Arab writers who, through fiction or poetry, contested authority in all its forms.
Kadhim Jihad Hassan (INALCO, Paris): Mediaeval Arab poets in Darwich’s poetry
Kadhim Jihad Hassan elaborates on the relationship between Mahmoud Darwich and classical Arab poetry which shapes all his poetry and forms an essential aspect of it.
Text of Kadhim Jihad Hassan’s speech
Miloud Gharrafi (Université Rennes 2) The migration narrative: literature of dissent
Miloud Gharrafi speaks of the Arab migration novel which is concerned with questions of identity and the relationship with the Other, the Western man. It is completely in tune with the new forms of migration and its social and cultural representations.
Text of Miloud Gharaffi’s speech
Adnan Adil (ULB): Violence in the Iraqi novel since 2003
The poet Adnan Adil explores the different types of narrative in the Iraqi novel and sees the breadth of the phenomenon of violence and revenge.
Olivia Elias (author and poet): Exile writing, resistance in practice
The poet Olivia Elias studies the link between the poetry of exile and engagement, the poetry of exile is an act of resistance insofar as it helps the lost country to exist and gathers the scattered community.