Meet Mourad Yelles, specialist in Maghreb literature (LACNAD)

23 November 2023
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"Portraits de chercheurs(e)s en études aréales" (PEA) takes a look at the academic career and research and teaching work of researchers and teachers specializing in a given cultural area. Each month, discover a video and podcast interview with one of these specialists.
Mourad Yelles
Mourad Yelles - Portraits de chercheur(e)s en études aréales (PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎
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The "Portraits of Researchers in Area Studies" (PEA) is a series of large-format interviews produced by Inalco as part of the Digital Paris Research School of Area Studies (D-PaRSAS) institutional project. Deposited on the MediHal open archive, this series of portraits joins a set of collections on the Language and Cultural Area Studies (LaCAS) platform. These collections aim to build up a living, freely accessible scientific heritage of research on the world's languages, societies and cultures.

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Video: Maghreb studies. An interview with Mourad Yelles (Inalco)
An interview conducted by Sarah Gimenez, young researcher (CERMOM) and digital humanities engineer (Direction de la Recherche, de la Valorisation et des Etudes doctorales, Inalco), directed by Alexandre Galitzine, produced by Inalco (03/06/2022, 62mn).


Mourad Yelles
Mourad Yelles (Collection PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎

Mourad Yelles is Professor Emeritus of Maghreb and Comparative Literature at Inalco, which he joined in 2004.

He was responsible for the Maghreb course of the Master Études Arabes and for the CREAM (Centre de Recherche et d'Etudes sur l'Arabe Maghrébin) component of LACNAD (Centre de Recherche en Langues et Cultures du Nord de l'Afrique et Diasporas). He was also deputy director of LACNAD.

Specializing in Maghrebi literature (in Maghrebi Arabic and French), her work focuses on the oral repertoires (mainly female) of the Maghrebi tradition, but also on the phenomena of the métissage of forms, practices and imaginaries involved in contemporary literary production (oral and written) in the North African area, from a comparative perspective (French-speaking areas of North Africa, America and the West Indies).

Her publications include Le Hawfi. Poésie féminine et tradition orale au Maghreb (Alger, OPU, 1990), Les Miroirs de Janus. Littératures orales et écritures postcoloniales (Alger, OPU, 2002), Cultures et métissages en Algérie. La racine et la trace (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2005), Traduire la pluralité du texte littéraire (with Patrick Maurus and Marie Vrinat-Nikolov), Paris, Editions L'Improviste, 2015).