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Essential Reading - Arabic Literature and Postcolonial Studies on Trauma Theory


There has been a lot of work on trauma and memory studies through literature that observes the absence of work on the field from within Arabic Literature. This is the start of a list of resources that either open fundamental questions in the field or mark seminal first steps in mapping what it means to talk about 'trauma' or the experience of violence in Arabic fiction.



Postcolonial Studies


Craps, Stef. 2013. Postcolonial witnessing: trauma out of bounds. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


Ward, Abigail [Ed] . 2015. Postcolonial traumas: memory, narrative, resistance. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan.


Arabic Literary Studies

Milich, Stephan, Friederike Pannewick, and Leslie Tramontini. 2012. Conflicting narratives: war, trauma and memory in Iraqi culture. Wiesbaden: Reichert.


Pannewick, Friederike. 2004. Martyrdom in literature: visions of death and meaningful suffering in Europe and the Middle East from antiquity to modernity. Wiesbaden: Reichert.

Gana, Nouri. 2011. Signifying loss: toward a poetics of narrative mourning. Lewisburg [Pa.]: Bucknell University Press.

Pannewick, Friederike, and Georges Khalil. 2015. Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s. Wiesbaden: Reichert.


Sources in Arabic on Trauma

ʻAbd al-ʻAziz, Basmah. 2014. Dhakirat al-qahr: dirasah hawla manzumat al-taʻdhib. al-Qahirah : al-Tanwir.


Khoury, Elias. 1990. Al-Dakirah al-mafqudah : dirasat naqdiyyat. Bayrut: Dar al-Adab.


Tarabishi, Jurj. 1993. Madhbahat al-turath fi al-thaqafah al-ʻArabiyah al-muʻasirah. London, United Kingdom: Dar al-Saqi.


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