A Gaze on Postmodernism in Diana Abu Jaberâ€™s Crescent and Ahdaf Soueifâ€™s The Map of Love
Keywords:Postmodernism, hybridity, identity, and culture
This study sheds light upon postmodernism in Arab-American Diana Abu Jaberâ€™s Crescent (2003) and Arab-British Ahdaf Soueifâ€™s The Map of Love (2000). These two novels in particular are chosen for examination due to the fact that both of them span over a period extending over more than one generation of cultural interaction between the Orient and the Occident and because they weave a story of mutual love and understanding across different cultures and ethnic conflicts.The objective of this study is to focus upon several main features of postmodernism such as hybridity, identity, diversity, multiculturalism, narrative techniques, fragmentation, intertextuality, parody, settings, magic realism, metafiction, mixing of genres, and ending in each novel in order to demonstrate how these novelists deviate from the traditions of the genre of the novel not only in terms of structure but also content. Consequently, this study will shed light on prominent characters in both novels since the writing of these two stories entails a travel through space and time as they depict a quest for an identity and an initiation of a harmonious coexistence among several ethnicities and cultures.
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