Taïeb Berrada lived most of his life in Morocco before moving to France to study Foreign Languages. He received his BA in English and Russian at the University of Paul Valéry Montpellier III, his MA in French Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his PhD in French and Francophone Studies at Northwestern University. Before coming to Lehigh University, he was Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching interests are in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, more specifically, North African Literatures and Cultures, Film, Graphic Novels, Rap Music, Critical and Postcolonial Theory. Professor Berrada is particularly interested in analyzing the complex relationship between France and the Maghreb through the theoretical lenses of identity, space, traumatic memory, and displacement in view of a reassessment of contemporary claims to transnationalism. His current research focuses on clandestine narratives, namely stories of illegal immigrants crossing South-North borders in Contemporary Maghrebi novels and films, illicit substances and representations of cannibalism in Maghrebi literature.
Content Courses taught:
Introduction to the Francophone World, Postcolonizing France: North African Immigration in France, Modernity in the Maghreb, The Harem in French and Francophone Literatures, Illegal Immigration in Francophone Literature and Film, The Algerian War in Francophone Literature and Film, Arab Woman in Postcolonial Francophone Literature and Film.
La figure de l'intrus. Représentations postcoloniales maghrébines. Paris: L'Harmattan (2016)
Book chapters and refereed articles:
"Migrant Necropolitics at the Table: 'Civilized Cannibalism' in Mahi Binebine's Cannibales." Comparative Literature and Culture (Forthcoming)
"L’ivresse cannabique: entre folie et écriture dans Pollens de Mahi Binebine."Mahi Binebine. Najib Rédouane, Yvette Bénayoun-Szmidt and Bernadette Rey Mimoso-Ruiz, Editors. Paris: L’Harmattan (2016)
"La Rumeur et son Rap: emploi de la rumeur comme fonction discursive contestataire.” Contemporary French Civilization 37.1 (2012)
“A l’écoute des meskounates: la parole des possédées dans La femme sans sépulture d’Assia Djebar.” The International Journal of Francophone Studies 12:4 (2009)
“L’Écriture et la problématique des intrus postcoloniaux dans Une enquête au pays de Driss Chraïbi.” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 21.2 (2006)
“Du plagiat d’auteur à l’identité beur dans La fin tragique de Philomène Tralala de Fouad Laroui.” Expressions Maghrébines 4.1 (2005)