The purpose of this thesis is to examine the role of exile in three works of contemporary fiction, particularly in view of how exile comes to be accepted and viewed positively in the lives of the characters depicted. The meaning of exile is not restricted to being forcibly detached from one's home country and thrown into another. Hence, a new form of exile is portrayed in Leila Aboulela's The Translator, Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup, and Bahaa Taher's Love in Exile, three novels that present characters who understand the condition of exile in special ways. In these novels, the exile embarks on a unique journey and faces opportunities that open up the possibility of a new life. In each case, the exile must decide whether to merely suffer exile or embrace it. This thesis unveils a new face of exile in arguing that exile can be experienced psychologically as well as physically, while studying images of displacement and the underlying motives that underlie the condition of exile itself.
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MA in English & Comparative Literature
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Aboulela, Leila, 1964- Translator.
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Gordimer, Nadine. Pickup.
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Al - Saffar, R.
(2015).New forms of exile: Arab identity in three contemporary novels [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Al - Saffar, Rabab. New forms of exile: Arab identity in three contemporary novels. 2015. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.