Romance Languages and Literatures

Khalid Lyamlahy

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Romance Languages & Literatures, and the College


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PhD, Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford (St Anne’s College)

MA, Comparative Literature, Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle

BA, French and Modern Languages, Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle

Program(s): French and Francophone Studies

Khalid Lyamlahy completed a PhD in Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College). His dissertation, entitled “From Revolt to Nostalgia: Rethinking the Moroccan Postcolonial Malaise with Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, Abdelkébir Khatibi, and Abdellatif Laâbi”, analyzes the expression of revolt and nostalgia in relation to individual and collective malaise in Morocco through the works of three contemporary Moroccan Francophone authors.

Lyamlahy was born in Rabat, Morocco, and worked as an engineer and a project manager in Paris and London. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Ecole des Mines d’Alès (2008) in southern France, a BA in French and Modern Languages (2012) and an MA in Comparative Literature (2014), both from Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. His research has appeared in The Journal of North African Studies, Research in African Literature, Expressions Maghrébines, and Revue Roland Barthes, as well as in edited volumes with Peter Lang and Classiques Garnier. In the period 2016-2018, Lyamlahy served as the Book Reviews Editor for the Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and as the editor of the ‘Francophone African Literature’ section of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies. He is also a regular contributor to literary magazines and platforms such as World Literature Today, Africa at LSE Blog, En Attendant Nadeau,, Apulée, and Cahier Critique de Poésie. His first novel, Un Roman Étranger, was published in January 2017 in Paris by Présence Africaine Editions.

Lyamlahy recently wrote the preface to the complete poetic work of Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi, republished in a special Moroccan edition by Editions du Sirocco in Casablanca, and is co-editing a book about Moroccan writer Abdelkébir Khatibi, forthcoming with Liverpool University Press. Besides teaching a course on North African Francophone autobiography and revising his thesis into a monograph, Lyamlahy is working on a new research project that problematizes the notions of selfhood and otherness in post-2011 Francophone North African literature and aims to bring a critical perspective to athestic, political, and linguistic practices in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.