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Soueif’s The Map of Love: A Postmodernist Perspective
This paper examines Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (1999) within the framework of postmodernism. It will become clear from the analysis of the postmodernist nuances in the novel how Soueif makes use of the inferences of cross-cultural encounters to establish a form of counter-discursivity. Within the hybrid space created in the novel, Soueif brings forth a variety of voices that act upon deflating the formerly dominant discourse of colonialism. Throughout the research it will come to light how The Map of Love is a postmodernist, polyphonic novel that exhibits a multiplicity of narratives, voices and discourses. The voice of the colonized is brought to the forefront in order to undermine the dominant colonial discourse of the British. The discourses of history, colonialism, post colonialism, imperialism, Orientalism, feminism and even linguistics all combine to convey the fluctuating reality of Egypt before and after colonization as well as the flux nature of the self / other relations.