Paroles de femmes, paroles volées: Les souks au maghreb

Translated title of the contribution: Women's words, stolen words: Markets in the maghreb

Deborah A. Kapchan

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In Moroccan Markets, vendors deploy their oratory skills to attract potential customers. They incorporate Koranic verses, poems or common places about the deviousness of women in the composition of these performances. This article offers an analysis of the changing public role of women in Morocco from the perspective of market womens' citation of such traditionally male forms of oral expresssion. The ironic, ambivalent and sometimes liberating use of these genres of expression demonstrate the transformative nature of mimesis.

Translated title of the contributionWomen's words, stolen words: Markets in the maghreb
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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