Writing Tangier discusses an array of topics relating to the literature on Tangier from the seventeenth century to the present. Major questions include: Why has Tangier come to play an important role in contemporary world literary history as a signifier in the literary imagination; what is the nature of the inter-textual output produced through Paul Bowles’ translations of the oral tales of a circle of uneducated storytellers (including Mohammed Mrabet and Larbi Layachi) and the text (
For Bread Alone) brought to Bowles by the literate Mohamed Choukri; how do academics, artists, and writers who have been based in the city or who have written about it assess the various socio-economic, political, and cultural factors that have shaped its cultural production and the relationship of this production to the celebrated hybrid aspects of its identity; does the success of the literature of Tangier reflect a truly new multicultural cosmopolitanism, or does it stem from the fact that this literature is congenial to Westerners, that it is understood in terms that they themselves define, and that much of it (including productions in Arabic prepared with the expectation of translation) has even been «written to measure» for them?
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XVI, 194 pp.
Contents: Khalid Amine/Andrew Hussey: A Preface – Ralph M. Coury: Some Introductory Remarks – Allen Hibbard: Tangier at the
Crossroads: Cross-cultural Encounters and Literary Production – Jeffrey Miller: Publishing Tangier: Twenty-five Years – Salah
Moukhlis: Localized Identity, Universal Experience: Celebrating Mohamed Choukri as a Moroccan Writer – Andrew Hussey: Forbidden
Territory: Juan Goytisolo’s Maps of Tangier – Abdellatif Akbib: Bankruptcy in Mohamed Choukri’s The Flower Freak –
Khalid Amine: Paul Bowles’ Tangier: An Ambiguous Compromise – R. Kevin Lacey: The Writers/Storytellers of Morocco and Paul
Bowles: Some Observations and Afterthoughts – Barry Tharaud: Culture and Existence in Bowles’ Short Fiction – Greg Mullins:
Visions and Revisions of Paul Bowles in Tangier – Ralph M. Coury: The Twain Met: Paul Bowles’ Western and Arab Critics – Karim
Bejjit: Tangier That Was: The Confessions of Samuel Pepys (1683) – Mohammed-Saâd Zemmouri : Tanger, ville-mythe dans le discours
romanesque de deux écrivains tangérois (M. Choukri and T. Ben Jelloun) – José Manuel Goñi Pérez: Las construcciones verbales
de Tánger: tres ejemplos de la narrativa española.