Polyphonic Narrative Spaces in Hala Alyan's Salt Houses

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Abstract

It is important to stress that Arab women writers have produced a new kaleidoscope of narrative fiction in English. They focus on a variety of representations with respect to identity, dislocation, cultural hybridity and belonging. Moreover, they have tried to construct a stable subjectivity and a space of belonging. These narratives are now dispersed and relocated by Arab women diasporic novelists such as Hala Alyan. This article will examine Hala Alyan's 2017 novel, Salt Houses. This debut novel has amalgamated different narrative experimentations and techniques, and how polyphonic spaces have dislocated the conventional act of narration and relocated it in tandem with the non-homogeneity of the Arab world itself.

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Majed Aladylah is an associate professor at Mu'tah University in Jordan. He has a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Postmodern Fiction (John Fowles). His interests include postmodernism, narrative theory, Orientalism, anglophone literature and cultural studies, and postcolonial literature. He teaches a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students, focusing on American literature, English literature, postmodernism, literary theory, and cultural studies.

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