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Title: Orientalism in transit : orientalist discourse and post-colonial theory in literary representation of Eastern Europe in Olivia Manning's The Balkan trilogy and The Levant trilogy
Author: Abdel-Naim, Samir A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3389 4344
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis 'Orientalism in Transit' examines the literary-cultural representation of Eastern Europe within the discourse of Orientalism as pioneered by Edward Said and, subsequently, by other post-colonial theorists. It, thus, aims to push the boundaries of postcolonial theory beyond its conventional literary-critical landscape. The thesis investigates the complexity and the ambivalence of the place of Eastern Europe in some literary-cultural texts, with particular attention to The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy. Eastern Europe emerges as a paratext, a place that is represented paradoxically as in and out of Europe. The thesis shows how Eastern Europe is subjected to a process of othering. This process, I argue, is not completely dissimilar to the Orientalising of the Saidian Orient. Ideas and concepts of otherness, gender and gendered identities, hybridity, and language are key to my analysis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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