AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number3. August 2022                                    Pp.168- 176

Unveiling Double Consciousness and Unsettling Hegemonic Economies in the Iraqi Free Verse Poetry of Badr Shaker al-Sayyāb’s The Blind Prostitute

The Department of Foreign Languages
Taif University (TU), Taif, Saudi Arabia
Department of English and related Literature, University of York, UK



This paper seeks to explore DuBois’ concept of double consciousness as it applies to colonized Iraq, using Badr Shaker al-Sayyab’s poem, The Blind Prostitute, as an example. When viewed as an allegory of Iraq after the colonization of Great Britain, the poem gives the reader a significant sense of how to double consciousness affects the Iraqi mindset and economy. In The Blind Prostitute, the main character is exploited like the colonial oppressors who exploited Iraq and its resources. The prostitute’s name is Salima, but when she becomes blind, her name changes to Sabah, which reflects the double consciousness of the main character as well as the nation of Iraq, whose people see themselves through their own eyes but also the lenses of their oppressors. This paper brings awareness to the plight of Iraq and its capitalistic exploitation by exploring the concept of double consciousness by analyzing The Blind Prostitute.

Cite as:

Baaqeel, G. A. (2022). Unveiling Double Consciousness and Unsettling Hegemonic Economies in the Iraqi Free Verse Poetry of Badr Shaker al-Sayyāb’s The Blind Prostitute. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (3) 168- 176.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no3.12


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Ghosun Baaqeel, holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent in the UK and a Master’s degree in Art from Arkansas State University in the US. She is currently a lecturer in English Literature at Taif University in Saudi Arabia. She is also working on her PhD in English and Related Literature at the University of York in the UK. Her interests and areas of research include globalism, postcolonialism, and double consciousness in Iraqi Poetry.
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