Narratives of Diaspora and exile in Arabic and Palestinian poetry

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    This paper underlines the attitudes of Palestinian / Arab poets toward the issues of exile and identity integral to their traumatic experience of Diaspora and displacement. From a historical context and within the parameters of colonial / postcolonial theory , the paper advocates a new critical perspective exploring the dialectics of exile and identity in Palestinian / Arabic poetry in order to argue that exile , in contemporary world literature , becomes a signifier not only of living outside one's homeland but also of the condition caused by such physical absence. Aiming to reach a state of reconciliation rather than conflict, the poetic voices, analyzed in the paper, reflect a sense of nostalgia and emotional attachment toward their homeland. The paper argues that Palestine, for the Palestinian poets, is not a paradise or an idealistic utopia that only exists in their poetry and imagination but a geographical reality caught up in national and religious limbos and rooted in the trajectories of colonial history and diabolical power politics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-242
    Number of pages15
    JournalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Arab
    • Diaspora
    • Exile
    • Palestine
    • Poetry

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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