Lincoln University Professor Maazaoui Publishes Scholarly Book

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Lincoln University, Pa. – Lincoln University Professor of French and Linguistics Abbes Maazaoui released a book last month, The Arts of Memory and the Poetics of Remembering. As highlighted in the book’s introduction, it “explore[s] the dynamics of representation, transmission and circulation of memory as well as the role of personal and collective memory in shaping meanings, values, attitudes and identities.”

The Arts of Memory, which is edited by Maazaoui, is a collaborative effort of international scholars from different disciplines. It examines various literary, artistic, psychological, social, historical and political narratives.

“Editing the book was a rewarding experience,” said Maazaoui about the two year publishing process. “It may seem challenging to collaborate with scholars not only from different disciplines, but also from different parts of the world including Canada, India, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, technology today has made such collaboration possible, and more importantly, faster . . . efficient.”

The essays contained in the book are divided into four sections: the formation and transmission of personal and collective memory; personal and collection memory [continued] specifically on the representation of trauma, in reality and in fiction; conceptions of memory in specific texts and their impact on what is remembered and what is not; and the reader as customer, interpreter and witness. An essay about Lincoln’s founding, By Divine Providence: Remembering Lincoln’s Founding and Reimagining its Legacy (p. 129-142), written by Dr. Cheryl Renee Gooch, historian and former dean of the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is also in The Arts of Memory.

Maazaoui, who holds a doctorate in French literature and linguistics from The University of Provence Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France, is a tenured professor in the Lincoln’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He has published many articles and reviews on literary criticism and twentieth-century French and Francophone literature. Maazoui has written two books, Proust et la claustration and La Rhétorique du leurre dans Les Gommes d’Alain Robbe-Grillet and is the editor of The Lincoln Humanities Journal.

The Arts of Memory and the Poetics of Remembering (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, 2016; ISBN-13:978-1-4438-9723-5; ISBN-10:1-4438-9723-X)

Article by Maureen O. Stokes, Office of Communications & Public Relations. Image provided by Abbes Maazaoui/Cambridge Scholars Publishing.