Year 2007, Volume 6, Issue 3&4, Pages 60 - 71 2007-12-16

The Confiscated Dreams: Occupation and the City in Khalifeh’s Writings

Wisam Mansour [1]

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Sahar Khalifeh, a Palestinian academician and novelist, explores in her narratives, among other things,
the impact of occupation on the day-to-day life of Palestinians in their cities and villages. In her 1980
Sunflower, Khalifeh vividly portrays the city of Nablus from the perspectives of several male and
female characters who view the city and themselves under occupation from the perspectives of class,
gender, ethnicity and situatedness. Cut off from the outside by military occupation, cordoned by
hostile settlements, and impaired sexually and emotionally, the city and its inhabitants in Khalifeh’s
narrative suffer from excessive atrophy. As a result of its devastating effect on the growth of the city,
Khalifeh perceives in occupation vicious machinery that consumes up the land and the people creating
a wasteland, a system of physical debris and human dereliction. Urban entropy is at work in Nablus
where chaos threatens order and urban forms of death intrude upon the social in the form of sexual
impotence, and upon the commercial and economic processes in the form of obfuscation, confiscation
and destruction of the city’s resources and green belts.

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Bibtex @ { alternatives21065, journal = {Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations}, issn = {2146-0809}, eissn = {1303-5525}, address = {Yalova University}, year = {2007}, volume = {6}, pages = {60 - 71}, doi = {}, title = {The Confiscated Dreams: Occupation and the City in Khalifeh’s Writings}, key = {cite}, author = {Mansour, Wisam} }
APA Mansour, W . (2007). The Confiscated Dreams: Occupation and the City in Khalifeh’s Writings. Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, 6 (3&4), 60-71. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/alternatives/issue/1706/21065
MLA Mansour, W . "The Confiscated Dreams: Occupation and the City in Khalifeh’s Writings". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 6 (2007): 60-71 <http://dergipark.org.tr/alternatives/issue/1706/21065>
Chicago Mansour, W . "The Confiscated Dreams: Occupation and the City in Khalifeh’s Writings". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 6 (2007): 60-71
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