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Munif's Cities of Salt as Counter Narrative: Capitalism, Ideology and Transformation

AlRaddadi, Rayah (2018) Munif's Cities of Salt as Counter Narrative: Capitalism, Ideology and Transformation. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This thesis examines Abdelrahman Munif's quintet Cities of Salt and its realist representation of the Arabian Peninsula before and after the advent of oil. It examines the role of oil in the eventual massive transformation of the region's social, historical and economic structure into capitalism. Deploying a Lukácsian categories attuned to literary and historical development, this thesis offers a materialist analysis of Munif's quintet from the vantage point of socioeconomics, providing a fuller understanding of how Munif perceives the transition. It asks fundamental questions regarding the relationship between literary production, oil, and global capitalism. By delineating what can be described as an "aesthetics of the oppressed," this study offers a unique perspective on crucial issues such as social inequality, environmental degradation, labour exploitation, female exclusion, urban deprivation and religious ideology.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Abu Manneh, Bashir
Uncontrolled keywords: Munif, counter-narrative, capitalism, oil, social transformation.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72797 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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