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Narrativesfrom a Transnational Community. Representations of the Other and the Self in two Iraqi Novels in Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
2011 (English)In: From New Values to New Aesthetics. Turning Points in Modern Arabic Literature. 2. Postmodernism and Thereafter.: Proceedings of the 8th EURAMAL Conference, 11-14 June, 2008, Uppsala/ Sweden. / [ed] Stephan Guth and Gail Ramsay, Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag , 2011, 187-199 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we point at two turning points in contemporary Arabic literary creativity: the fact that since the second half of the 20th century many Arab writers are living in political exile and under transnational circumstances outside their homecountries, and the dominance of Iraqi literature in the Arabic literature of exile. With reference to these turning points two novels written by two Iraqi writers living in exile in Sweden are studied. Attention focuses on the representations of the Self and the Other to be found in them. The study is made against the backdrop of the discussion of the term "transnational" as formulated by Nadja al-Ali and Khalid Koser in the introduction to their anthology "New Approaches to Migration? Transnational Communities and the Transformation of Home (2002) as well as the observations made by Lorenzo Casini in his paper "Beyond Occidentalism: Europe and the Self in Present-Day Arabic Narrative Discourse."

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Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag , 2011. 187-199 p.
, Mizan, ISSN 0938-9024 ; 20,2
Keyword [en]
modern Arabic literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64764ISBN: 978-3-447-06601-3OAI: diva2:458603
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2012-03-29Bibliographically approved

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