Ex-Centric Migrations examines cinematic, literary, and musical representations of migrants and migratory trends in the western Mediterranean. Focusing primarily on clandestine sea-crossings, Hakim Abderrezak shows that despite labor and linguistic ties with the colonizer, migrants from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) no longer systematically target France as a destination, but instead aspire toward other European countries, notably Spain and Italy. In addition, the author investigates other migratory patterns that entail the repatriation of émigrés. His analysis reveals that the films, novels, and songs of Mediterranean artists run contrary to mass media coverage and conservative political discourse, bringing a nuanced vision and expert analysis to the sensationalism and biased reportage of such events as the Mediterranean maritime tragedies.
Introduction: Mediterraneans and Migrations in the Global Era 1. Disimmigration as a Remedy for the Illness of Immigration in Ismaël Ferroukhi's Le grand voyage 2. "Burning the Sea": Clandestine Migration Across the Mediterranean in Francophone Moroccan Illiterature 3. Southward Road Narratives: How French Citizens Become Clandestine Immigrants in Algeria 4. The New Eldorado in Mediterranean Music 5. Europe Bound: Shooting "Illegals" at Sea 6. Heading Home: Post-Mortem Road Narratives Conclusion: "White Sea of the Middle" or "Wide Sea to Meddle In"? Notes Bibliography Filmography Discography Works Cited Index
Hakim Abderrezak is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Minnesota.
"Ex-Centric Migrations is crucial reading for scholars and students of contemporary Maghrebi, French, and Spanish literatures and cultures. It breaks new ground by encompassing the literature, film, and music of "return migration" and examining the trajectories of Maghrebi migration outside France."
plunges the reader into a tour de force across radically divergent artistic responses to Mediterranean migration. Indeed, the book offers the additional benefit of critically engaging the burgeoning transdisciplinarity of Mediterranean Studies . . . In its fresh, long view of Mediterranean cinema, literature, and music, the book conveys, much like the primary sources it examines, a sustained reflection on alternative, ex-centric migrations.
~Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies
"Hakim Abderrezak convincingly illustrates how politically committed artistic practices serve to humanize the challenges of human migration, and in the process dramatically improves our understanding of the complex cultural, economic, political, and social realities that shape 21st-century existence."
~Dominic Thomas, author of Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism