Historical, Cultural and Religious Aspects of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Novels


Investigating literature and its interconnection with culture, history and religion is a crucial part of the discussion in contemporary world literature studies. The present research focuses on historical, religious and cultural specificity in “Paradise” (1994) by Nobel prize winner Tanzanian-born English writer Abdulrazak Gurnah. The main focus of the novels concentrates on searching for an ideal place and time for the protagonists concerning social and political issues. Literary scholars and critics have carried out several research on Gurnah’s fictions, including topics as itinerant narratives (Ruberto, 2009), migrant texture (Kaigai, 2014), migrations and diaspora (Moudouma, 2013), narrating power and human relationships (Okungu, 2016), subject and history (Falk, 2007). In the present analysis, the research problem is to investigate how historical, cultural and religious perspectives can reveal the author’s message to his readers. The data was collected from the detailed textual, contextual and conceptual analysis of Gurnah’s novel “Paradise” to figure out the artistic originality of the writer’s works in terms of diaspora literature. Historical, psychological, biographical and comparative methods are applied to achieve the purpose of the research.

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Dilnoza Ruzmatova, Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, Uzbekistan

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Literature

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Ruzmatova D. (2023) Historical, Cultural and Religious Aspects of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Novels ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.29
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.29

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