This paper examines Mahmoud Darwish's exploration of the political, geographical, existential, and metaphysical dimensions of displacement, banishment, and statelessness in his 2005 lyrical epic “Exile.” The paper offers an analysis of Darwish's treatment of dialectic, heteroglossia, the juxtaposition of the national and the existential, and conflicting temporalities, as well as political uncertainty and metaphysical fear. With particular reference to the paradoxical portrayal of space in “Exile”—the juxtaposition of the near and far, real and illusory, localized and dispersed—I also examine the ways in which Palestinian identity, as narrated in this poem, is destabilized and dispersed by what Michel Foucault calls “heterotopic space.”
The Poetics of Dispossession in Mahmoud Darwish's “Exile”
Lucy A. Perry has a PhD in modern and contemporary literature from Lancaster University, UK. Since 2012, she has been a university lecturer in Palestine, and she currently teaches English literature at the Arab American University in Jenin. It is in Palestine that she developed an academic interest in Palestinian literature and the poetics of exile.
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Lucy A. Perry; The Poetics of Dispossession in Mahmoud Darwish's “Exile”. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2020; 49 (4): 91–108. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2020.49.4.91
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