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Title: Diaspora, Exile and History-Making: The Articulation of the Arab Diasporic Experience in Amin Maalouf’s Historical Novels
Authors: Al-Anoud Al-Shaiji 
Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Merry
Keywords: history : novels
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: This research examines the historically based novel as a special phenomenon when it enlarges on diasporic and exilic discourse. Diaspora and exile are, in fact, the two key elements in my analysis of Amin Maalouf’s fiction. I examine the influence of historiography on post-colonial thought in Maalouf’s texts, which could constitute a kind of prolegomena to a modern discussion of exile. Historiography may perhaps help to delineate certain aspects of ideology and representation in the selected diasporic texts: Leo Africanus (1986), Samarkand (1988), Ports of Call (1991), The Rock of Tanios (1993), and Origins: A Memoir (2004). The study will discuss different historical, cultural and sociological approaches by theorists, historians and philosophers such as David Carr, Jerome De Groot and W. B. Gallie. Prominent in my discussion is Hayden White’s contribution to the philosophy of history. This is to explore Maalouf’s treatment of historical events: how and why he re-writes history and how he creates a powerful temporal space to dismantle any over-rigid representation. Being an integral part of the contemporary discussion of post-colonial studies, diaspora has become a center of concern in this area of analysis, as well as an apparatus of formation of the post-colonial identity. Owing to the current unstable political conditions in the Middle East, particularly in Arabic nations, the dialogue between the east and west remains tense and dynamic. Amin Maalouf is among a group of Arab writers who remain persistent in developing their literary and rhetorical articulation, not only to tell their stories, but also to communicate, negotiate, and understand the other as well as the self. As such, I intend to explore the way Maalouf’s texts present a form of contemporary exilic communication through history.
Appears in Programs:0321 Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

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