Refashioning Language: Arabic Literature in the New Millennium
El Barouni, Radwa M
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In this paper I explore two contemporary Egyptian literary works, Nisāʾ il- Karantīna and the graphic novel Fī Shiqqat Bāb al-Lūq, showing that the language varieties and registers that exist within them make the dualistic category of Fuṣḥā and ʿAmmiyyah no longer sufficient. Using affective stance theory, I analyse the language and to what affect it is used in the novels, showing that the new millennium writers are refashioning a new poetics for the language that aims to unsettle previously held notions of power in all its guises, including the lingustic.