Doctoral thesis

Literary environmental studies and the representation of urban environments in selected novels


  • Fribourg, Switzerland, [2022]

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Thèse: Université de Fribourg (Suisse), 2022

English This Ph.D. thesis provides an ecocritical reading of the representation of the urban environment of Cairo in four selected novels. These novels are In the Eye of the Sun (1992) by Ahdaf Soueif, Brooklyn Heights (2010) by Miral al-Tahawy, Cigara Sabe'a (A Seventh Cigarette) (2012) by Donia Kamal, and Chronicle of a Last Summer (2016) by Yasmine El Rashidi. The theoretical framework of this thesis is the second wave of Ecocriticism, which proposed the inclusion of built and urban environments in the body of mainstream Ecocriticism, traditionally concerned with natural landscapes. This wave also highlighted the relevance of issues of social and environmental justice in ecocritical studies. Three main themes will be examined in the three chapters of this thesis. The first is the personal relationship of the protagonists with their city and urban environments. The second is the manifestations of the presence of nature in the city. The third is the politics of the right to the city and living in it.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
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