Passion and Narration in the Contemporary Arab Novel

Passion and Narration in the Contemporary Arab Novel AbstractIn this article, we propose to explore an aspect of semiotics that has been slow to emerge as a central issue in narrative semiotics. A substantive debate has recently begun today on the achievements and prospects of Greimas’ semiotics of inspiration. Without claiming to have a theoretical range, this article proposes to cast a semiotic light on one of these questions to show the transition from passion to modal. For instance, it demonstrates that the “terror” that is the subject of our analysis can be translated as an additional state between “wanting” and “not-able-to-not-do,” going beyond “the competence to do,” as related by its dictionary definition, to defining other states of passion as a “disposition” or a “feeling that leads to.” What occurs when this passionate state is embedded into a definite narrative? To approach this practical aspect of the question, we have chosen the contemporary Arab novel al-Hayy al-Latini (Latin Quarter) by Suhayl Idris, focusing on a sequence entitled “manipulation and terror.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Chinese Semiotic Studies de Gruyter

Passion and Narration in the Contemporary Arab Novel

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Publisher
De Gruyter Mouton
Copyright
© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
2198-9605
eISSN
2198-9613
D.O.I.
10.1515/css-2018-0004
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Abstract

AbstractIn this article, we propose to explore an aspect of semiotics that has been slow to emerge as a central issue in narrative semiotics. A substantive debate has recently begun today on the achievements and prospects of Greimas’ semiotics of inspiration. Without claiming to have a theoretical range, this article proposes to cast a semiotic light on one of these questions to show the transition from passion to modal. For instance, it demonstrates that the “terror” that is the subject of our analysis can be translated as an additional state between “wanting” and “not-able-to-not-do,” going beyond “the competence to do,” as related by its dictionary definition, to defining other states of passion as a “disposition” or a “feeling that leads to.” What occurs when this passionate state is embedded into a definite narrative? To approach this practical aspect of the question, we have chosen the contemporary Arab novel al-Hayy al-Latini (Latin Quarter) by Suhayl Idris, focusing on a sequence entitled “manipulation and terror.”

Journal

Chinese Semiotic Studiesde Gruyter

Published: Feb 23, 2018

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