Areas of Expertise: Literature
Abderrezzaq is a doctoral researcher interested in the reception and influence of Charles Dickens on Algerian literature and culture.
Abderrezzaq Ghafsi is a postgraduate research student based in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a member of the 19th Century Studies Group and Dickens Fellowship at Cambridge University. He has an MA in English literature from Biskra University with specialisation in Anglo-African literature and culture. Recently, he has been awarded as he majored in his discipline. His research practice spans the publication history of Dickens, Dickens’s Reception, Influence of Dickens, Dickens in the Algerian Syllabus of English, the Cinematic and Theatrical expressions of Dickens in the Arab world and Algeria.
Abderrezzaq’s research explores selected interests which relate to Dickens in Algeria and the Arab world. To date these include:
Through this research project, Abderrezzaq aims at finding Dickens’s history in colonial Algeria, exploring the colonial nature and its impacts on Dickens’s literature. He will be also interested in Dickens’s canonisation in Algerian academe and will try to gauge this in explaining the social aspects in Dickens along with the cultural and Islamic appeal on Algerian and Arab readers. He will end up by finding the various stories of Dickens’s influence on Algerian writers.
Review: 'Dickens Day 2016: Dickens’s Days: Heritage, Celebrations and Anniversaries', posted in Anglia Ruskin 19th Century Studies Group blog.
'Charles Dickens in Algeria: from Cultural Encounter to an Identity Construction' (Anglia Ruskin Research Students Conference June 2016).
'Dickens’s Algerian References in his Journals' (21st Postgraduate Students Symposium June 2016).
'Dickens Connectedness and Canonisation in Algeria' (Dickens Day Birkbeck University of London October 2016).
'Innovation in Data Collection: A Transition from Classical Data Gathering into Language Richness, Relations and Social Research' (Cambridge ESRC DTC Student Conference: New Forms of Data: innovation in the social sciences at Cambridge University December 2016).