Ichrak Dik

  • Research Student

PGR supervisionDr Andrew Dix and Dr Paul Jenner

I graduated in 2014 with a BA in Didactics from the University of El-Oued (Algeria). Following my graduation, I had been granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Higher Education to complete my Magister in Jordan. I, however, chose to stay in Algeria and pursue my Master’s studies at the University of Blida 2 where I graduated in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Literature and Civilization. In the same year, I accepted a scholarship to study a PhD in the UK, also granted to me by the Ministry of Higher Education.

My research investigates Native Americans and the representation of visible and invisible forms of violence in nineteenth-century US literature. I will be examining texts written by Nineteenth-century Euro-American and Native American writers including James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, William Apess, John Rollin Ridge and Sarah Winnemucca. In exploring the texts of Euro-American writers, I will draw upon theories of colonial discourse, such as Edward Said’s and Homi Bhabha’s. In addition to these postcolonial scholars, I will draw on Slavoj Žižek's theory of subjective and objective violence. In my reading of Native American texts, however, I will focus on Hannah Arendt's and Frantz Fanon's theorization and justification of some forms of violence.