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Iraqi Short Fiction: The Unhomely at Home and Abroad

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The article focuses on the uncanny and the strangely fantastic, as an aesthetic expression of a complex and disturbing reality, in twelve short stories by Iraqi writers spanning half a century of fiction writing by men and women. The theoretical framework is drawn from Homi Bhabha and his post-colonial interpretation of Freud's concept of the uncanny (Unheimlich). The article highlights motifs and techniques used in selected short fiction: the double in Amin and AEAbd al-Razzaq, gender in al-Rikābī and Mamdūh, political satire in al-Harīrī and al-Kubaisī, sense of exile in al-Amīr and al-Dulaimī, the domestic unhomely in al-Takarlī and al-Nāsirī, past/present interface in al-Ramlī and Khudayyir.

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