The Long, Luminous Wake of Mohammed Dib

Desplanques, Fran├žois
June 1992
Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p71
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on North African author Mohammad Dib. He belongs to the generation of pioneers who, impelled more by inner necessity than any collective sense of mission during the 1950's, founded what has come to be known as French-language Algerian literature. He was born in 1920 at Tlemcen, a city proud of its heritage but hogged down in its traditions. His father, a proponent of Kemal Ataturk's secular policies, chose to send young Mohammed to the French school, reflecting a linguistic and cultural option that permanently influenced the future writer, who also studied English when he reached the lycee. Since adolescence, Dib has written poems. A creative, constantly searching writer, he has never stopped producing texts during the past forty years: novels, short stories, plays, and collections of poetry of remarkable quality. Dib expresses himself in French.


Related Articles

  • Kateb Yacine. Bonn, Charles // Research in African Literatures;Summer1992, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p61 

    The article focuses on the writer Kateb Yacine. Born in 1929, Yacine, who died in 1989, is probably, along with Mohammed Dib, one of the two most important French-language Maghrebian writers, without whom this literature would not be what it is today. Kateb is often known as the author of a...

  • Geomancing Dib's Transcultural Expression in Translation. Campbell, Madeleine // CLCWeb: Comparative Literature & Culture: A WWWeb Journal;Dec2013, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p1 

    In her article "Geomancing Dib's Transcultural Expression in Translation" Madeleine Campbell analyses Mohammed Dib's treatment of symbols and mythologies from Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions. Campbell contextualizes lexical, syntactic, and intertextual elements in Dib's texts with...

  • PSYCHIC DEFORMITY IN MOHAMMED DIB'S QUI SE SOUVIENT DE LA MER. Tremaine, Louis // Research in African Literatures;Fall1988, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p283 

    The article focuses on Mohammed Dib's "Quise souvient de la mer." The text was composed during the armed struggle in Algeria and completed before the outcome of the war was entirely certain. Its publication, however, coincided with the accession of Algeria to independence in 1962, and those who...

  • Algeria "Revisited": Imperialism, Resistance, and the Dialectic of Violence in Mohammed Dib's "The Savage Night." Maerhofer, John W. // College Literature;Winter2010, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p204 

    Writing in the midst of one of bloodiest conflicts in the history of postcolonial Algeria, Mohammed Dib probes the brutalities of war, exploitation and the isolation of economic marginalization, and the complexities of postcolonality in his "The Savage Night." For Dib violence is not an...

  • Transforming Story into Plot. Copelin, David // Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.);Sep99, Vol. 112 Issue 9, p21 

    Discusses how plot and character influence each other in a playwright. Comparison between story and plot; Techniques in turning a story into a plot.

  • TIME'S STAKE. Dib, Mohammed // Baseball (Pig Iron Series);1982, Issue 9, p37 

    The article presents the poem "Time's Sake," by Mohammed Dib. First Line: fable your light; Last Line: and the new-found covenant.

  • Shadow of Lightning. Dib, Mohammed // Literary Review;Spring1987, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p395 

    Presents the poem "Shadow of Lightning," by Mohammed Dib and translated by Eric Sellin. Fist Line: to sculpt between your belly; Last Line: its brief moment of burning.

  • Stele. Dib, Mohammed // Literary Review;Spring1987, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p395 

    Presents the poem "Stele," by Mohammed Dib and translated by Eric Sellin. First Line: I am the window; Last Line: the one we implore.

  • Between genders, between genres: Celimene's letter to Alceste in Moliere's Le Misanthrope. Goodkin, Richard E. // Romanic Review;Nov94, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p553 

    Focuses on the letter of Celimene to Alceste in the drama `Le Misanthrope,' by Moliere. Characters and plot of drama; Interpretation of motives and content of letter; Implications for the differences between how men love and how women love; Existence of ambiguity in the letter.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics