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Against Collectivity and Dictatorship: The Revolution of the Individual in Salīm Barakāt’s Kuhūf Hāydrāhūdāhūs

Greta Sala    Inalco, Paris, France ; Università degli Studi di Napoli «L’Orientale», Italia    

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abstract

This study aims to analyse Salīm Barakāt’s novel Kuhūf Hāydrāhūdāhūs (2004) by focusing on the problematic dynamics between individuality, communitarianism, and dictatorship. After exploring the novel’s social binary structure, it examines the character of the dictator and his deindividualization. It argues that, while the emergence of the individual subject poses a threat to the traditional holistic society, it also constitutes a form of resistance to authoritarian power. The study, based on a close reading of the text, enables us to explore the progressive affirmation of the individual within contemporary Syrian literature.

Published
Aug. 29, 2023
Accepted
May 22, 2023
Submitted
Feb. 21, 2023
Language
FR

Keywords: Collective sphereSyrian novelContemporary Arabic literatureSalim BarakatIndividualityDictatorship

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