Yousef Abu Amrieh

Yousef Abu Amrieh
University of Jordan | UJ · Department of English Language and Literature

PhD

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Introduction
Prof. Yousef Abu Amrieh (Awad) works at the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Jordan. Prof. Abu Amrieh obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2011. He is the author of a number of articles on Arab writers in diaspora and a monograph on contemporary Arab British and Arab American women writers.
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June 2019 - present
University of Jordan
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  • Professor
June 2015 - June 2019
University of Jordan
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  • Professor (Associate)
September 2014 - December 2015
University of Jordan
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  • Head of Faculty

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Publications (63)
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Towards a Poetics of Arab Diasporic Literature
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This paper investigates Jordanian playwright Nader Omran's adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It examines Omran's dramatization of the struggle of Arab youths in a region ruled by corrupt leaders. In particular, the paper focuses on how Omran transforms Shakespeare's Ophelia into an assertive and dynamic character to reflect the contemporaneous ci...
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The purpose of this paper is to examine how Palestinian American novelist Susan Abulhawa appropriates in her novel The Blue between Sky and Water (2015) some of the themes, tropes and motifs that Shakespeare employs in Romeo and Juliet (c. 1596) in order to depict how recurrent Israeli military assaults on Gaza turn Palestinian people’s love storie...
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This paper aims at investigating how Arab American writer Randa Jarrar’s short story “The Story of My Building” (2016) appropriates events, themes, tropes and motifs employed by Russian writer Isaac Babel in his short story “The Story of My Dovecote” (1925) to portray the hard conditions and circumstances that Palestinians endure due to recurrent I...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the representation of the car as a social space in Laila Halaby’s novel Once in a Promised Land (2007) and explore its interrelationship with issues of literary chronotope, counter discourse, and identity formation. The analysis of this study is interdisciplinary in nature; it tackles the car across social, p...
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This article focuses on the gradual transformation of the female protagonist into a passive antihero figure in Rabih Alameddine’s I, the Divine (2001) and An Unnecessary Woman (2013). It assesses the traumatic experiences of war and patriarchy that have triggered each transformation. The regression of the two protagonists, namely Sarah in I, the Di...
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Hala Alyan is an Arab American novelist and poet. Besides The Arsonists’ City (2021), which will be examined in this paper, she has published a novel titled Salt Houses (2017) and four collections of poetry. This paper argues that Alyan’s novel shows how photographs help the protagonist, Ava, to re-discover her own identity and unveil a forty-year-...
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The paper aims at reading Mamduh Adwan"s play Hamlet Wakes up Late (1978) from a Marxist perspective to broadly examine how life under a Capitalist system along with its foreign investments and trading services can easily destroy the political, social as well as the cultural surroundings of a certain nation. Throughout his play, Adwan brilliantly a...
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This paper examines Jawad Al-Assadi’s and Zaid Khalil Mustapha’s representation of the generational clash in perceiving the future of the Arab world. In Forget Hamlet (2000) and Hamlet Ba‛da Ḥyn [Hamlet a While After, my transla�tion] (2018) both playwrights show how Arab youth revolt against old governments that keep limiting their visions of a...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the portrayal of trees in Fadia Faqir's Willow Trees Don't Weep (2014) and Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men (2006) in order to demonstrate the way these authors employ trees to reflect the exilic experiences of their characters. It looks at the symbolic function that trees play and demonstrates the centra...
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The present article explores the impact of “Things” on the healing journeys of the characters in Syrian American author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhader’s novel A Map of Salt and Stars (2018). It highlights the role of certain “Things” in Nour’s family’s healing process from the traumatic experiences of the Syrian war. The article also sheds light on the...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the representation of trees in Jad El Hage’s The Myrtle Tree (2007) and Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer (2013). Due to growing concerns over global environmental crises, these writers have showed significant attention to nature by using trees as symbols to comment on political, social, and cultural issues. T...
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This study focuses on the role that faith plays in immigrants’ lives in the South African novelist John Maxwell Coetzee’s Youth (2002) and the Arab British author Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus (2008). Specifically, the study analyzes and scrutinizes the faith(lessness)-informed attitudes of the two protagonists toward the various cha...
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This article aims at investigating the transformation of the contemporary Arab protagonist into an existential antihero in Rawi Hage’s Beirut Hell Fire Society (2018) which is set during Lebanon’s civil war. The crafting of postmodern antiheroism in the context of war has become a medium to voice out the traumatic experiences of this individual aro...
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This study explores the self-nature relationship through tracing the key role that the weather conditions in Arab American Laila Lalami’s novel The Other Americans (2019) play in narrating the protagonist’s story. It highlights how the weather conditions echo Nora’s deep emotions and reflect her inner thoughts and feelings in the light of her re...
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This article adopts a literary analytical approach to illuminate the use of magical realism in the contemporary Anglophone Arab narrative of Leila Aboulela’s Bird Summons (2019). The study follows a methodology which combines two critical approaches to magical realism: first, a textual approach, and then a contextual one. Accordingly, the study use...
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Arab American Rabih Alameddine's novel The Angel of History (2016) appropriates Shakespeare's The Tempest to comment on its representation of Caliban and his mother, Sycorax, and show how distorted images of Arabs and Muslims have been disseminated in US popular culture in the post-9/11 era. Alameddine's novel, like Shakespeare's romance, is popula...
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This article examines how Palestinian American novelist Hala Alyan employs sea imagery in her debut novel Salt Houses (2017) to reflect her characters’ emotions and thoughts. In particular, this article shows that by examining a number of events in which characters are sitting by the sea or wading into the waters of the sea, the reader is given an...
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This paper examines how Palestinian American novelist Hala Alyan employs sea imagery in her debut novel Salt Houses (2017) to reflect her characters’ emotions and thoughts. In particular, this paper shows that by examining a number of events in which characters are sitting by the sea or wading into the waters of the sea, the reader is afforded an i...
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This paper aims at examining Rawi Hage's Cockroach (2010) from a pragmatic perspective, and specifically from a Marxist point of view, to see the ideological purpose that the novelist tries to unearth regarding the issue of life in a modern capitalist society. The novel imitates the external world only as a means to the ultimate end of intellectual...
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This paper investigates the spaces that immigrants occupy in Kiran Desai's novel The Inheritance of Loss (2006) and Rawi Hage's novel Cockroach (2008). It explores the representation of menial jobs that immigrants take with low wages in ethnic restaurants; it also highlights how bourgeois compradors exploit immigrants' vulnerabilities because they...
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This paper investigates the spaces that immigrants occupy in Kiran Desai’s novel The Inheritance of Loss (2006) and Rawi Hage’s novel Cockroach (2008). It explores the representation of menial jobs that immigrants take with low wages in ethnic restaurants; it also highlights how bourgeois compradors exploit immigrants’ vulnerabilities because they...
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This paper explores Lebanese Rabih Alameddine’s novel The Hakawati (2008) as an appropriation of British James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), each of which is considered a Künstlerroman as its central character is a developing artist. The paper traces the lives of the two artists to be in the two novels: the developin...
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Abstract This paper explores Lebanese Rabih Alameddine’s novel The Hakawati (2008) as an appropriation of British James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), each of which is considered a Künstlerroman as its central character is a developing artist. The paper traces the lives of the two artists to be in the two novels: the...
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The purpose of this paper is to analyze and compare Master-Slave relations in two historical novels by African-American novelist Toni Morrison and Arab-American novelist Laila Lalami. The study aims at examining the formation of Master-Slave relations in Morrison’s A Mercy (2008) and Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (2014), with a particular focus on th...
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The purpose of this paper is to examine how Palestinian American novelist Susan Abulhawa’s “Mornings in Jenin” (2010) narrates how the history of Palestinians intertwines with that of Palestinian flora. More specifically, the paper illustrates how while the novel is relating the stories of four generations of the Palestinian family of Abulheja, it...
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The study aims at examining the social context that negatively affects interracial marriage in Jamal Mahjoub’s “Travelling with Djinns.” Specifically, the study focuses on family members including children, parents, in-laws, and siblings, and their role in augmenting marital dissatisfaction. The continuous conflict between the couple, Yasin and Ell...
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This study explores the representations of the female journey and its interconnectedness with female development in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) and Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman (2014). By re-visioning psychotherapist and author Maureen Murdock’s journey paradigm and condensing it into three essential stages (The Separ...
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Diasporic Arab writers substantially differ in how they represent sociopolitical issues of contemporary Arab cultures in their literary works. Because the family is the core unit of Arab societies and cultures, this study explores fictional representations of one of the main relations within the Arab family. Specifically, this study examines how Ar...
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Food is an important aspect of recreating home for immigrants in their new lands. In fact, food does not only provide the nutritious value for people to survive and grow, but it also connotes multiple functions. It encodes various personal, social and cultural messages that immigrants use in order to recreate their homes. This paper aims at investi...
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Este artigo problematiza que o vestuário não é uma mera escolha que um indivíduo faz; em vez disso, metoniza quase todos os aspectos da sua identidade. Por meio de uma análise crítica dos romancistas britânicos árabes de Fadia Faqir (2014) Willow Trees Don´t Weep e de Leila Aboulela (2010) Lyrics Alley, o artigo acentua o hábil emprego do vestuário...
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Western characters are quite prominent in the works of Arab novelists in diaspora since the events of these novels are mainly set in European and American urban spaces. European and American characters have been rendered differently from one period to another and from one Arab writer to another. In this context, one may suggest that the portrayal o...
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The paper explores the nature of the relationship that exists between African-American women and animals in Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiar while emphasizing how these women are awakened from their deep slumber. In other words, because of their consort with animals, these black women manage to awake from the long-established white-cultural...
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The article offers a new postmodern feminist reading of Edna O’Brien’s The Light of Evening, contextualizing it within theories of performativity and mestiza consciousness. It aims at answering questions of identity and agency in the novel and suggests a different reading of the text. The study points out the different strategies that O’Brien’s cha...
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This paper examines the intertextual relationship between Hamlet and Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus (2008). It argues that the appropriation of Hamlet’s intellectual and psychological inner conflicts in the novel highlights the complexities of ideological decisions Muslims in Britain face in post-9/11 times. Sami, the novel’s protagonist go...
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This paper examines the representation of urban spaces in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924) and Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (1999). In particular, it investigates how colonialism - as a cultural activity - produces traces of its hegemony and how these traces transform and fashion the colonial and postcolonial urban spaces in the two novel...
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This paper offers a feminist reading of Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine (1991). It aims at underlining the empowerment mechanisms of the protagonist at home and abroad as well as commenting on the different facets of subjugation that the protagonist triumphantly overcomes. Respectively, this paper traces the protagonist’s racial and gendered performati...
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This paper examines Arab British novelist Leila Aboulela’s representation of the precarious position British Muslims occupy as a result of the introduction of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST). In The Kindness of Enemies (2015), Aboulela valorizes the horrendous experiences that members of a British Muslim family with roots in the Cauc...
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The purpose of this article is to analyze and investigate Jamal Mahjoub's appropriation of Joseph Conrad in terms of themes and structures. The study focuses on reading Mahjoub's “Navigation of a Rainmaker” in tandem with Conrad's “Lord Jim” through theories of intertextuality and appropriation from colonial and postcolonial perspectives. Mahjoub u...
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This paper examines how Arab British novelist Jamal Mahjoub appropriates and interpolates Shakespeare’s Othello. Specifically, this paper argues that Mahjoub’s historical novel The Carrier (1998) re-writes Shakespeare’s Othello in a way that enables the novelist to comment on some of the themes that remain unexplored in Shakespeare’s masterpiece. M...
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Water is a contextual symbol in literature. It stands for many things, depending on how it is used in a literary work. It represents, among other meanings, cleanliness, life, salvation, purification, and redemption. In Susan Muddai Darraj's A Curious Land, water plays a pivotal role in conveying themes and ideas that are pertinent to the Palestinia...
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Awad, Yousef, ‘In I, The Divine (2001) and An Unnecessary Woman (2013), Arab American novelist Rabih Alameddine borrows lines, characters, themes, motifs and tropes from Macbeth and King Lear to portray the horrendous experiences his protagonists undergo during and after Lebanon’s fifteen year civil war. In An Unnecessary Woman, traumatic memories...
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This paper explores how Arab writers in diaspora present football in their literary works. Through an examination of Rabih Alameddine’s I, the Divine, Laila Lalami’s Secret Son and Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley, the paper highlights the way in which Arab novelists in diaspora draw on the game’s international popularity to supplement and clarify the...
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the way in which the character of the translator is depicted in the works of two Arab women writers in diaspora. Specifically, I argue that the protagonist of Arab Australian novelist Nada Awar Jarrar’s Dreams of Water (2007) and that of Arab British novelist Sabiha Al Khemir’s The Blue Manuscript (2008) find...
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the journey motif plays a pivotal role in the works of Arab women writers in diaspora. Through a close reading of Arab American novelist Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006) and Arab British novelist Leila Aboulela’s The Translator (1999), the paper highlights how the journeys taken by...
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Food is a recurring theme in Laila Lalami's Secret Son (2009). The novel highlights the socio-economic disparities in contemporary Morocco and deploys food and culinary codes as markers of these differences. The novelist uses food in tacit and subtle ways to hint to the reader that her protagonist's attempt to climb the social ladder and integrate...
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This paper investigates Arab American novelist Laila Lalami (b. 1968)‟s re-writing of Álvar Núňez Cabeza de Vaca‟s La Relacíon, a travelogue that chronicles Spanish conquistador Panfilo de Narváez (1470–1528)‟s expedition to claim La Florida to the Spanish crown in the sixteenth century. Lalami‟s The Moor’s Account (2014) is a historical novel narr...
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This paper investigates how Moroccan novelist Laila Lalami’s Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005) and Secret Son (2009) demonstrate that Morocco’s adoption of IMF and World Bank economic policies has had devastating repercussions on the nation’s low income populations due to the downsizing of the state’s expenditures on vital sectors such as ed...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore how home – as a concept and a physical space—is depicted in Arab American Susan Muaddi Darraj’s novel The Inheritance of Exile (2007). I argue that the novel, set in the American city of Philadelphia, depicts the concept home as a site of contesting and conflicting ideas as issues of race, ethnicity, gender,...
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The purpose of this paper is to examine how Arab British novelist Leila Aboulela represents a number of marginalized characters in a way that enables them to express their opinions about Sudan‟s imminent independence in her historical novel Lyrics Alley (2010). The novel, which is set in 1950s Sudan, focuses on mini narratives rather than on the gr...
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This paper investigates the way that Leila Aboulela’s novel the Translator depicts how Islam and its rituals can strongly govern the life of Muslims and organize their relationships with others in diaspora. It also shows that religion plays a significant role in promoting or blocking cross-cultural communication among people with different faiths,...
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The purpose of this study is to compare the works of contemporary Arab British and Arab American women novelists with a view toward delineating a poetics of the more nascent Arab British literature. I argue that there is a tendency among Arab British women novelists to foreground and advocate trans-cultural dialogue and cross-ethnic identification...

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