The literature of travelling to Lebanon. (c2011)

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dc.contributor.author Itani, Suha Mustapha
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-01T08:39:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-01T08:39:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-12-01
dc.date.submitted 2011-06-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1038
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 100-102). en_US
dc.description.abstract Travel writing is an ancient and broad genre of literature, and an important subject in the humanities and social sciences. It has provided cultural, historical, religious, philosophical, political, even environmental debates, and its study has become a fruitful academic enterprise. It is also a genre that is in constant flux, depending first, on the cultures, places, and people that the traveller investigates and chooses to write about, and second, on the aims of the interpreting community. This thesis mainly argues that travel literature reflects the shift in Lebanon’s reason of existence as a traveller’s destination: before the civil war, spiritual and cultural interest dominated, and after the war, business and tourism. Three major travel books on Lebanon in the 20th and the 21st centuries that are discussed are The Hills of Adonis: A Quest in Lebanon by Colin Thubron (1968; 2008); Hibat al-Jabal: Rihla ila Lubnan (2004) (The Mountain’s Gift: A Travel to Lebanon) by Ahmad Haridi; and Beirut Shi Mahal (2006) (Beirut Some Place) by Youssef Rakha. These three books demonstrate how the discourse of a strong and peaceful past conflicts with the discourse of a weak and disturbed present, as the writers, unknown to each other, anticipate or come to terms with the civil war. Theoretical insights provided by Mieke Bal’s work on narratology and Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope are used to examine the hidden layers of the texts and analyze their several meanings as affecting the writers’ intention in narrating and the reader’s role in interpreting. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Travel writing -- History and criticism en_US
dc.subject Thubron, Colin -- 1939- -- Hills of Adonis en_US
dc.title The literature of travelling to Lebanon. (c2011) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle From Adonis to the association of tourist writers en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199812280 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Samira Aghacy
dc.author.commembers Dr. Latif Zeitouni
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: ix, 103 leaves; facsims; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Kristiaan Aercke
dc.keywords Travel writing en_US
dc.keywords Fabula en_US
dc.keywords Focalization en_US
dc.keywords Chronotope en_US
dc.keywords Anachrony en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2011.38 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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