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Utopia/Dystopia through the Theme of Immigration in Two Arabic Short Stories
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies.
2012 (English)In: Borders and Beyond: Crossings and Transitions in Modern Arabic Literature / [ed] Kerstin Eksell, Stephan Guth, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012, 83-103 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article presents shortly the evolution of the concepts of Utopia and Dystopia in the Modern Arabic narrative literature. It focuses then on the Utopia/Dystopia related to the theme of immigration. The two short stories: Aknusu al-šams ʿan al-suṭūḥ (1994) by Ḥanān al-Šayḫ, and Bi-l-Ams Ḥalimtu Bika (1984) by Baha’ Tahir are chosen to underline several aspects of the Utopia/Dystopia of the immigrants life. Before leaving their homelands, they seem to have an Utopian image of the foreign country. After arriving there, this Utopian image disappears in the context of a negative reality: lonliness, racism, loss of landmarks.... At the same time, the Dystopia of the reality creates, itself, a new form of Utopia: the faraway homeland. Thus the process of immigration seems to start from the Utopian elsewhere and ends by the Utopian homeland.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012. 83-103 p.
, Mîzân, ISSN 0938-9024 ; 21
Keyword [en]
Exile, Immigration, Arabic, Baha' Tahir, Hanan Al-Shaykh, utopia, dystopia, travel, homeland, sufism
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70207ISBN: 978-3-447-06645-7OAI: diva2:479837
Available from: 2012-01-18 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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