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Title: Postcolonial Nationalism and Contemporary Literary Theory: Algerian and Iraqi Novels from 1962 to the Present
Authors: Al Janabi, Hazam K. A.
Supervisors: Fowler, Corinne
Evans, Lucy
Award date: 31-Oct-2018
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: This thesis investigates identity and postcolonial nationalism as expressed in selected Iraqi and Algerian historical novels published after 1960. The study examines eight novels: Assia Djebar’s Children of the New World (1962), Muhsin al-Ramli’s Scattered Crumbs (2000), Yasmina Khadra’s The Sirens of Baghdad (2008), Ali Bader’s The Tobacco Keeper (2011), Abdul-Aziz Gramoule’s Za’eem al-Aqaliyah al-Sahiqah [Leader of the Overwhelming Minority] (2005), Khadair al-Zaidi’s Valyoom Asharah [Valium 10] (2015), Rashid Boudjedra’s The Barbary Figs (2012) and Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013).Through a critical analysis of the selected data, the study investigates how historical fiction can create and legitimatize nationalist discourse on the one hand and counter hegemonic discourses on the other hand. The thesis also explores how, and to what extent, the critical awareness and blindness of postcolonial nationalism contributes to social and cultural formations in a pan-Arabic context, and how nationalist leaders exploit and oppress their citizens. The thesis also explores - through its investigation of literary texts - the perpetuation of Western cultural imperialism in Iraq and Algeria through the imposition of modern cultural apparatus such as nationalism, the religious/secular distinction and military action such as the War on Terror. It concludes that postcolonial nationalism extends colonial imperialism both ideologically and discursively. Postcolonial nationalist regimes in Iraq and Algeria have divided and exploited citizens by perpetuating Western concepts of nationhood and identity. By examining literary responses to postcolonial nationalist states, my critique explores its divisive and exploitative practices and explores authors’ imagined alternative visions for more peaceful multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious societies.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: PhD
Rights: Copyright © the author. All rights reserved.
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