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“Changing Places”: Travels Beyond the Anglo-American Campus Novel Genre

Ahmad Ghazali, Sarah Hanaa Haji; (2021) “Changing Places”: Travels Beyond the Anglo-American Campus Novel Genre. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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This thesis examines cultural and geographical limitations of the campus novel genre, proposing the study of global texts as alternative perspectives. Through analysis of critical studies of the genre, I argue that the campus novel is limited to studies of Anglo-American traditions, relegating global texts as marginal foreign variants. My research advocates further exploration of culturally and geographically diverse literary examples, considering their vitality and contemporaneity against the stagnant Anglo-American tradition. Chapter 1 identifies these limitations, through surveying the critical tradition of the campus novel genre. Chapter 2 presents an extensive overview of critical studies of campus novels beyond Britain and North America, thus contrasting their expanse against conspicuous absence in the critical tradition. To ensure systematic analysis of texts from diverse traditions, Chapter 2 also proposes the notion of kinship as connective framework, focusing on images of academic mobility as units of comparison between texts. The remaining chapters consider selected novels from various literary traditions, close-reading images of academic mobility and aspects of mobility such as motives, experiences, and endings of movement. Chapter 3 investigates survival and escape as motives for academic mobility in Alaa Al-Aswany’s Chicago and Diana Abu Jaber’s Crescent. Chapter 4 dissects social mobility and the tradition of academic mobility from Indonesia to Egypt, in the works of Habiburrahman El-Shirazy. The final chapter observes university return narratives – an image of mobility presently absent in studies of the genre. Examining Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and Pengabdian (Submission) by Norsiah Abd. Gapar, returns are assessed in the context of student missions, exploring how canon diversity presents unique images of mobility, and reframes the genre. In essence, this thesis evaluates the significance of socio-historical conditions in modifying meanings of comparable images of academic mobility, offering alternative cultural, geographical, and methodological perspectives of the campus novel genre.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: “Changing Places”: Travels Beyond the Anglo-American Campus Novel Genre
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130290
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