Identity Malaise of Exiled characters in Ethnic Fiction Case study:  Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006)

AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume3, Number3. August 2019                                    Pp.165-177
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol3no3.13

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                          Identity Malaise of Exiled characters in Ethnic Fiction
                     Case study:  Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006) 

 

Fadia Boualem
Department of English,
Djillali Liabes University, Sidi Bel Abbes- Algeria

Noureddine Guerroudj
Department of English
Djillali Liabes University, Sidi Bel Abbes- Algeria

 

 

 

 

Abstract:
This paper presents a critical study of how a contemporary ethnic writer presents exile cases and counter-hegemonic discourses throughout it as regards to notions of belonging and identity. The process of identity-making is discussed through an examination of the protagonist’s development in The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006). This study focuses on how the protagonist constructs a new meaning of exile that challenges previous conventions and seeks to recuperate the sense of pride in cultural difference. It also attempts to highlight how this literary work is a counter-narrative regarding the cultural practices that hitherto have been regarded as archaic; backward; and yet fit to adapt the new changes of the Western World.
Keywords: belonging, dislocation, ethnic fiction, exile, home, identity, Mohja Kahf

Cites as: Boualem, F., & Guerroudj, N. (2019). Identity Malaise of Exiled characters in Ethnic Fiction  Case study:  Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006). Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 3 (3) 175-187.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol3no3.13