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Narrative Representations of 'Islamic Fundamentalism' in Selected Novels from the 1990s to the Present
Nina Liewald analyses literary representations of so-called 'Islamic fundamentalism' by contemporary authors whose cultural background and approach to the subject matter differs substantially: Hanif Kureishi, Sebastian Faulks, Mohsin Hamid and Yasmina Khadra. The author focuses on the narrative depiction of this complex phenomenon and its economic, religious and sociopolitical framework in selected contemporary novels. The interdisciplinary study is offering contextualised readings and combining narratology, literary and cultural studies with approaches from political science. It explores the potential functions of literature in a highly politicised context and specifically the potential of literature to shed light on radicalisation processes and to promote public discourse and intercultural understanding.
- 1–16 1) Introduction 1–16
- 143–304 5) Analyses 143–304
- 5.1) ‘Soldiers of the truth’ and ‘Fantasy Finance’: Sebastian Faulks’ A Week in December and the different guises of fundamentalism
- 5.2) ... “there must be more to living than swallowing one old book”: Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album as a declaration of love for the freedom of the individual
- 5.3) A story of disappointed love and nostalgia: Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the power to subvert stereotypes by engaging the reader
- 5.4) The responsibility to transcend hatred: Yasmina Khadra’s The Sirens of Baghdad as expression of an indelible love for humanity
- 337–352 7) Conclusion 337–352
- 353–386 Bibliography 353–386
- 387–412 Appendix 387–412