AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 4. October 2023 Pp. 2-18

Unfurling the Idyllic Social Scenarios: A Comparative Study of the Selected Works of Elizabeth Barret Browing and Nimah Nawwab

Department of English
Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  Department of English
Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


This paper analyzes the different social scenarios envisioned and portrayed in the works of two great poets, Elizabeth Barret Browning, and Nimah Nawwab. Significantly, the main aim is to determine how both poets proved to be the pioneers who unfurled the idyllic scenarios in their spectacular eras. Consequently, not only were they recognized as trailblazers in each of their respective historical times. Further, also dynamically participated, witnessed, and reinvigorated the various facets of women’s empowerment, the development of the youth, and the shifting dynamics of gender roles. Moreover, the paper employs the new historical approach to demonstrate how their poems built bridges to connect history with their vision of a progressive society. Furthermore, selected excerpts from Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s epic novel, and selected poems from The Unfurling (2004) by Nimah Nawwab are analyzed by applying this approach. Incidentally, the paper emerged from the primary research question of comparing the prevalent themes and perspectives in these works in tandem with the biographical, societal, historical, political, and cultural backdrops. Therefore, the paper concludes by unveiling the objectives and outlooks of the two poets, which are embedded in history, making their poems alive with those tenets, principles, and dreams that are acknowledged as the hallmarks so intrinsic for fostering the values of the societies in the Victorian era and postmodern Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the paper thus attempts the comparison of two poets separated by chronology, circumstances, and social norms to come together in envisioning a highly progressive society as displayed in their works.

Cite as:

Danish, N., &   Almaneea, O.O.  (2023). Unfurling the Idyllic Social Scenarios: A Comparative Study of the Selected Works of Elizabeth Barret Browing and Nimah Nawwab. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 7 (4): 2-18
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol7no4.1


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Dr. Naela Danish -Associate Prof. Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. Major fields of interest: – Romantic & Victorian Poetry, American Literature, Feminist Literature, Comparative Literature, Post Modern & Post Colonial Literature. Publications and other literary activities: – Have published several papers in the globally renowned Literary Journals. Have co-authored a book on Marmaduke Pickthall. Have Chaired sessions at several recognized Conferences. Arranged the First Inter-University Runner Cup, debate competition in KSA. Active participation in Research Guidance & Development Activities at Inter-University level. ORCiD ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0002-1543-2554

Dr. Ohood AlManea -Asstt. Prof. Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. Major fields of interest: -Contemporary Poetry & Minority Poetry. Active leading participation in Extra-Curricular Activities for Students on Inter University level. Have enacted in many administrative roles, specializing in the upliftment of the youth. Organizer and Initiator of sports and health programs at the University level. ORCiD ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0004-9007-7999