Aim of Study of The Syrian Revolution

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“Always historicize!” (Jameson 9).Jameson raises this slogan in hisbook, “The Political Unconscious.” He maintains that if readers fail to historicize literary content, through setting it into its political context, they will allow ideological content to escape.Literary creation is inseparable from its political context. To understand literary content, we must become acquainted with the concepts and idiosyncrasies inherited from the culture handed down to us .We can only fathom the literature of past ages throughour conception of historyas aunified and uninterrupted collective narrative that links past and present.

This study builds on Jameson’s prioritization of historical representation of literary content. It pursues a theoretical framework of New Historicism. It seeks to interrogate and construe literary and non-literary texts, written exclusively about the Syrian revolution or the historical events that led to it, through purely New Historicist lens.The importance of this study lies in the fact that it fills a gap of knowledge and conjures the “genius literacies” or the creative power of language in a given period of time (Payne 49) .We are to conjure this historical moment from the depths of the past and give it the “touch of the real” (Payne 3).

Four literary works of art, in addition to a manifold of non-literary texts are to be examined from a New Historicistperspective. We will explore these texts in the light of the historical, anthropological,biographical,political, and cultural context out of which they emerged. We are to trespass the boundaries of texts, to investigate how the worldview of the time left its impact on these written forms. We are to, simultaneously, attempt to fathom the selected texts again...

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...” (Veeser. 132). To understand the past, we need to fathom the present that evolved out of the past. There is no distinction between the aesthetic object (product) and the historical background. Thus literature and history are intertwined.

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