Scheherazade in the diaspora: home and the city in Arab migrant fiction

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Building on the extensive literature related to postcolonialism and magical realism, this chapter examines how diaspora writing and magical realism are related. It focuses on alienation, the uncanny and mobility, among other elements, demonstrating that these are elements that unite and are common to both modes of writing. It argues that the case of Arab diaspora writing is particularly and uniquely suited to exploring how these modes are related. A close examination of two novels, The Night Counter by Alia Yunis and The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine, illustrates how various forms of place, a central and key dimension of diaspora fiction, are refashioned and complicated through these novels’ engagement with and use of magical realism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagical realism and literature
EditorsChristopher Warnes, Kim Anderson Sasser
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781108551601
ISBN (Print)9781108426305
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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