Title

The Uncanny in Ahmed Saadawi's “Frankenstein in Baghdad"

Subject Area

Arabic and Islamic Studies

Abstract

This paper focuses on the elements of the uncanny in Ahmed Saadawi's “Frankenstein in Baghdad". This novel marked a significant contribution to the Arabic literature. With just its title alone, it suggests that it will fall in the lines of the uncanny. Uncanny can be defined as a sense of strangeness, mystery or eeriness. The uncanny in this novel creates a very uncertain feeling throughout as it attempts to make sense of what is real and what is fictitious and what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. Highlighting the elements of the uncanny unmasks a fundamental disturbance of the essences of a man/monster made from the souls of a ruined city.

Brief Bio Note

Mustapha Sami teaches French and Arabic and also serves as a coordinator of both French and Arabic programs at Emmanuel College. His research interests span the wide field of postcolonial Francophone and Arabophone Literatures.

Keywords

Uncanny, monster, strangeness, defamiliarization, uncertain, death, real, disturbance, occupation, ruined city, victim, innocence.

Location

Afternoon Session 3 (PARB 227)

Presentation Year

April 2019

Start Date

4-12-2019 5:55 PM

Embargo

11-30-2018

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Apr 12th, 5:55 PM

The Uncanny in Ahmed Saadawi's “Frankenstein in Baghdad"

Afternoon Session 3 (PARB 227)

This paper focuses on the elements of the uncanny in Ahmed Saadawi's “Frankenstein in Baghdad". This novel marked a significant contribution to the Arabic literature. With just its title alone, it suggests that it will fall in the lines of the uncanny. Uncanny can be defined as a sense of strangeness, mystery or eeriness. The uncanny in this novel creates a very uncertain feeling throughout as it attempts to make sense of what is real and what is fictitious and what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. Highlighting the elements of the uncanny unmasks a fundamental disturbance of the essences of a man/monster made from the souls of a ruined city.