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Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel$
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Samira Aghacy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466752

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466752.001.0001

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Yarns of Later Life: Transgressive Strategies

Yarns of Later Life: Transgressive Strategies

(p.133) 5 Yarns of Later Life: Transgressive Strategies
Ageing in the Modern Arabic Novel

Samira Aghacy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents works by Nazek Yared, Randa Khalidy and Abbas Baydun that, rather than focusing exclusively on public achievement, they present semi-autobiographical accounts. They are related by older individuals who focus on their personal idiosyncratic experiences of senescence, and aspects of their lives that have hitherto been overlooked. Their aim is to challenge erasure, re-evaluate their lives, make new decisions, concentrate on their daily quotidian lives and reveal their capacity for growth, even at a late age. Despite the inevitable movement towards a future in close proximity with death, the works are concerned with a revaluation of the past in its interaction with the present.

Keywords:   public achievement, idiosyncratic, semi-autobiographical, senescence, past, present, growth, death, voices, ageing

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