The Place duality in Emily Nasrallah's narration "The Days of the cat

  • زهرا فرید ایرانیة
Keywords: Key Words: The Place duality, Children's Stories, War narrations, Emily Nasrallah


The element of place and its employment within the structure of narration is one of the most important elements and techniques in contemporary narratives, especially in the narratives that concern the subject of war. Wars often occur to control the territory of the adversary. The narratives that shed light on the war and its effects such as destruction, murder and migration focus on Place as a key component. This study aims at addressing the issue of the place and its dualities in Emily Nasrallah's narration "The Days of the cat" (1931-2018), a writer of woman, war and migration, which studies the war and its impacts in this narration from a completely different point of view. It deals with the story of the stray cats and their fate during the war and their relations with the people in particular The boys, on the tongue of special narrator that is a cat named "Zico"

One of the most important findings in this study is that the real places in this narration is distributed between the interior and the outside according to the sense that is conveyed to the people in it. Open places aren't a constant source of happiness, and the place can share its roles among itself, depending on its population's sense of place. The place has been employed in narration and its relationship to personalities, to represent the material and spiritual losses that affected it and its residents, and to express human relations in the disasters that were experienced by ordinary combatants and ordinary people, as well as by animals in the midst of the Lebanese civil war.


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فریدز. (2020). The Place duality in Emily Nasrallah’s narration "The Days of the cat. Al-Adab Journal (ISSN: 1994473X), 1(131), 475-500.