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dc.contributor.advisor Mehrez, Samia Tewfik, Nourhan 2019-05-22T11:34:54Z 2019-05-22T22:00:20Z Spring 2019 en_US 2019-05-22
dc.description.abstract This thesis project traces the development of a Palestinian counter-narrative of trauma in the literary works of Lebanese novelist, editor and critic Elias Khoury. It does so by looking at three novels by Khoury: the first work is Mamlakat al-ghurabā’ (The Kingdom of Strangers, 1993), which introduces his project on narrating the Palestinian experience and meditates on the potential structure of a Palestinian trauma narrative. Probably his most read work, the second novel, Bāb al-shams (Gate of the Sun, 1998), builds on these beginnings by re-enacting an incomplete, fragmented and non-teleological narrative of Palestinian traumatic memory. The same preoccupation with the history of Palestinian trauma figures in Khoury’s āwlād al-ghitu, ismī Adam (Children of the Ghetto, My Name Is Adam, 2016) which raises the question of identity in relation to trauma and digs deep into how traumatic events interrupt and reshape one’s self. Equally important is how all three works bring together Palestinian and Jewish traumatic histories analogously to disrupt Israeli hegemonic meta-narratives and propose both traumatic experiences as mirrors for other histories of suffering. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship To my mother, For valuing my rushed dreams, And nurturing them with her generous love. To my father, For gifting me my first book, And inspiring me with his ceaseless sense of wonder. To Samia Mehrez, For teaching, telling and reading literature with such grace, And triggering my love for the written word in the process. To Sherene Seikaly, For introducing me to Palestine, its ongoing experiences of Nakbah and Ṣumūd, And for her relentless bias towards the human experience. en_US
dc.format.extent 157 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject nakba, literature, Elias Khoury, trauma en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title “Dhakirat al-alam:” Palestinian traumatic memory in three works by Elias Khoury en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Arabic Studies en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Arab and Islamic Civilizations en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Heshmat, Dina
dc.contributor.committeeMember Abdel Nasser, Tahia

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