The Alternative Homeland: the passive hero in the contemporary Arabic novel

Semiotics study in the active place

  • Ahmad Haji Safar Qatar University
Keywords: Semiotics, Text Analyses, Arabic Novel


Since the Arabic novel was entrusted with the role of the factual record of the struggle of the modern Arab human being, the map of literary fiction has become distributed in new ways, extending beyond the limits of the familiar in formulating thought, feelings and dreams. And because the Arab region is living, in its entirety,  a state of changing cultural, value and intellectual constants, topics have emerged in the Arab novel that require a new treatment that attempts to dwell on its most important aspects and the most prominent schemas of its topics, as well as its most present actors.

Hence the semiotic reading of these works, in its cultural form, is an attempt to touch the network of semantics in these works, and to present aspects, such as metaphor, image, and imagination, in a manner different from what was traditionally presented. The narratives selected for the analysis in this article are models that have agreed in aspects of its structure to present the issue of the homeland in a somewhat different way, compatible with the general construction of the supposed reality, not the reality with which they overlap, from time to time.


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How to Cite
Haji Safar, A. (2020). The Alternative Homeland: the passive hero in the contemporary Arabic novel. Al-Adab Journal (ISSN: 1994473X), (133), 137-156.
Linguistics and Arabic literature