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A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Alienation in Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2021; 5(1): 76-83 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.29494

A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Alienation in Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma

Ahmed Ben Amara, Abdulfattah Omar
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

The theme of alienation has been central to a significant number of literary studies in general and Anglophone Arab literature in particular. Different approaches have been used to explore this theme including feminism, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalytic criticism. These approaches have for the most part focused on the aesthetic values of the literary works, often at the expanse of the intercultural aspect of texts and how participants express themselves and being expressed. Despite the significance of sociopragmatic analysis in exploring such cross-cultural issues such as feminism, gender roles, and alienation, it has not received the attention it deserves in literary studies. The present study proposes to address this gap by offering a socio-pragmatic reading of Fadia Faqir’s 2007 novel My Name is Salma. Attention will be given to religious beliefs and social norms as expressed by the characters in the novel and the crucial role they play in interpersonal conflicts and the anxieties of alienation and exile in the novel in question. This study focuses on the concepts of home, exile, alienation and their relations to the quest for identity in the text by using a socio-pragmatic approach in order to show how the stifled and fragmented voices of characters are expressed. These concepts are closely related to the psychological conflicts and profoundly impacted by the individual immigrant's experience, and by the multicultural setting in which the subject finds himself or herself. The results of the study are expected to highlight the relevance of the socio-pragmatic method in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

Keywords: Alienation, Anglophone Arab literature, diaspora fiction, Fadia Faqir, Sociopragmatics

Ahmed Ben Amara, Abdulfattah Omar. A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Alienation in Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(1): 76-83

Corresponding Author: Ahmed Ben Amara, Saudi Arabia
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