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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55051
Doc. No:TL25005
Call number:‭3380249‬
Main Entry:Shareah Taleghani
Title & Author:The cocoons of language, the betrayals of silence: Contemporary Syrian prison literature, human rights discourse, and literary experimentalismShareah Taleghani
College:New York University
Date:2009
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2009
Page No:332
Abstract:This dissertation examines the contemporary genre of prison literature (adab al-sijn ) in Syria and its connections to avant-garde Arabic literary experimentalism and global human rights discourse. Through readings of various literary works produced in, through, and about the experience of political detention in Syria from 1970 to 2005, this study shows first, how prison literature is a genre with parameters that are consistently contested both by the state and political dissidents themselves, and second, why prison literature has been an essential shaping force in literary trends in Syria and in the larger Arab world. This analysis of contemporary Syrian prison literature demonstrates how the genre has functioned as a critical poetics of recognition that encounters, echoes, and occasionally challenges the politics of recognition embedded in theories of human rights. Thus, prison literature is interpreted throughout this dissertation as a series of aesthetic interventions against the human rights policies of the Syrian state. Drawing on different theorizations of genre, the first chapter elaborates on the ties between the truth effects of prison literature and the truth claims of human rights. The second chapter explores how vulnerability and recognition are intermeshed in both human rights discourse and in the short stories of various Syrian authors. Beginning with the issue of "extraordinary rendition," the third chapter analyzes depictions of torture in different works of Syrian prison literature and demonstrates how different author's interrogate and at times efface torture's representation. The fourth chapter focuses on the prison chronotope--the variegated portrayals of and reflections on prison time and prison space in different works of prison literature as well as human rights reports. The final chapter turns to the issue of the relationship between writing and detention; it discusses the heavy prevalence of metafictional tendencies in works of Syrian prison literature as a mode of questioning the seeming narrative transparencies of human rights discourse.
Subject:Language, literature and linguistics; Arabic literature; Human rights; Literary experimentalism; Prison; Prison literature; Syria; Comparative literature; Modern literature; Middle Eastern literature; 0295:Comparative literature; 0315:Middle Eastern literature; 0298:Modern literature
Added Entry:P. F. Kennedy
Added Entry:New York University