Migrants and society in Kechiche’s ‘Couscous’: amplification of detail, rhythm and political discourse

Dora Carpenter-Latiri

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This paper was my contribution to the Festschrift presented to Professor Régine Delamotte on her retirement. Professor Delamotte is continuing with her research career; as a team we are currently working on award-winning research project on mixed couples. Our previous research project – also award-winning – was on code-switching and electronic writing. Professor Delamotte is a founding figure of the school of linguistics based at the University of Rouen, the birthplace of sociolinguistics in France with pioneers Jean-Baptiste Marcellesi, Louis Guespin and Bernard Gardin. My paper deals with migration in some of its many aspects (integration, code-switching, hybridity) and also analyses the artistic qualities of the film: the visuals, the acting and dancing performances, the rhythm. I was honoured to be invited to contribute to this Festschrift and I chose to submit a paper dealing with topics we researched as a team. I also wanted to bring my expertise on Tunisian language, culture and society to illuminate some Arabic/Tunisian aspects of the film. I focused more specifically on the dance as it is a personal passion of Régine. Abdellatif Kechiche is a Tunisian-French director who has just won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes festival. This paper will also contribute to the growing interest in his work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIdentités langagières: Mélanges offerts à Régine Delamotte
EditorsFoued Laroussi, Marie-Claude Penloup
Place of PublicationRouen
PublisherPresses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9791024000244
ISBN (Print)9782877755818
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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