REVERSE CULTURE-SHOCK WITH AN ATTEMPT OF COMPROMISING CULTURES: A CRITIQUE OF A. RIHANI’S THE BOOK OF KHALID AND T. SALIH’S SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH

Mugahed Alheshami, Mohammed Yassin Mohammed Aba Sha'ar

Abstract


Upon repatriation, many socio-psychological problems accompany the returnees to their home culture after spending a long time in the host culture. It is assumed that the returnees find no difficulty in re-adapting the life in their culture; however, many studies expound that re-adjustment in the home culture, particularly after spending a long time in another culture, is not an easy process, the returnees experience a re-entry or reversal cultural-shock. The main contention of this paper is to expound how Rihani and Salih attempt with a new literary trend to unify the eastern and western cultures in their fictional worlds. The paper underpins the idea of bridging the gaps between cultures and initiating a new era of mutual understanding and co-existence between the nations. It explicates how both novels present a different picture of the oriental world that contradicts with the orientalist and neo-orientalist depictions by projecting the Arabia culture and people equitably.

Keywords


Cultural compromise, repatriation, returnees, homeland, host culture

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