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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Oruc
 
First Name:
Firat
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
“Oil on Water”: A Contrapuntal Analysis of Petrofictions in the Gulf and Africa
 
Paper Proposal Text :
Petrofiction is an emergent literary genre that thematizes the role of oil as a global commodity in shaping political and physical landscapes. This paper treats past-present trends in Africa-Gulf relations through a comparative analysis of the representations of the hydrocarbon culture in “the oil novel” of these regions. A contrapuntal reading of African and Gulf petrofictions reveals interconnected cultural and political responses to oil production and circulation. I argue that prominent African and Arab writers of petrofiction such as Helon Habila, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ben Okri, Abdalrahman Munif, Nawal El-Saadawi, and Reza Negarestani share a common ecocritical frame in registering oil’s relations with ecological crisis, war, urbanization, and campaigns for environmental justice.
 
 
 

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