Brahim El Guabli

Brahim El Guabli

Brahim El Guabli is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. He was born and raised in a rural Berber village in the South of Morocco. Brahim’s dissertation entitled “The Minor Re-writes the Nation: Memory of Loss, Archives, Historiography and State Cooptation in Morocco” investigates Moroccan literature’s engagement with the traumatic legacies of what came to be known as the “years of lead” in Morocco (1956-1999). Drawing on texts written in French and Arabic, Brahim probes how testimony and memory dialogue with, contest, and unsettle both the historiography and historiographical production of post-independence Morocco. Using an interdisciplinary approach to conduct a new reading of an important corpus of novels and memoirs, Brahim places questions of loss, agency, citizenship and historiographical justice at the center of trauma and trauma narratives as they pertain to the situation in Morocco. Brahim’s work has appeared in Arab Studies Journal, The Journal of North African Studies and Francosphères. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue of The Journal of North African Studies entitled “Violence and the Politics of Aesthetics: A Postcolonial Maghreb Without Borders.”