Mahfouz and Al-Aswany are recognized as major figures not only in Egypt but also worldwide, making them and the sensitive nature of their work doubly fraught: they are not only in the world’s literary spotlight, but under the watchful gaze of local observers. Midaq Alley (1947) and The Yacoubian Building (2005) reflect through many motifs, including homosexuality, the political as well as social repressions that inhibit the modern Egyptian society. These two novels underwent translation and adaptation because of not only Mahfouz's and Al-Aswany's skillful craft, but also the presentation of characters—that the readers or audience can identify with—living and experiencing the unspoken taboo of (homo)sexuality. Since homosexuality is more than a motif, the translation of homosexuality from one language to another, from one culture to another, and from one medium to another, is of extreme importance. In the translations of Midaq Alley and The Yacoubian Building, although Humphrey Davies and Trevor Le Gassick use different approaches, that is, foreignization and domestication, respectively, both translators succeed in their missions. Although translation and movie adaptation share similar features, there are still major differences between translation and adaptation. This thesis attempts to define movie adaptation, compare it with translation, and then demonstrate how homosexuality in Midaq Alley and The Yacoubian Building is adapted into motion picture in Egypt and beyond the borders of Egypt—the later represented in the Mexican movie adaptation of Midaq Alley: "El Callejón de los Milagros."
English & Comparative Literature Department
MA in English & Comparative Literature
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Abdel sser, Tahia
Library of Congress Subject Heading 1
Homosexuality in literature.
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MaÃ¡Â¸Â¥fÃ…Â«Ã¡Âºâ€œ, jÃ„Â«b, 1911-2006 -- History and criticism.
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(2013).The representation of homosexuality between text translation and movie adaptation in Midaq Alley and The Yacoubian Building [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Salem, Rania Ahmed. The representation of homosexuality between text translation and movie adaptation in Midaq Alley and The Yacoubian Building. 2013. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.