This article explores the notion of displacement in Driss Chraïbi's novels: Une Enquête au pays, La Mère du printemps and Naissance à l'aube. The word 'displacement' is used here in all its acceptions including geographical expatriation, cultural
and linguistic distanciation from the fatherland and the mother tongue as well as acculturation and bilingualism. But 'displacement' also refers to Chraïbi's marginalisation within literature as a Moroccan writing in French, his 'politically incorrect' opinions, and his rejection of the
literary, intellectual world. Various types of linguistic displacements are examined: in particular, the insertion of Arab words, idioms and Qur'anic verses within French sentences, with or without italics, footnote, translation, and explanatory context. These linguistic displacements are
also used as a tool to establish his position, as well as to displace the readers to the margins.
The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.