2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Intertwined Shadows and a Symbolic Mourner: Investigating the Narrative Similarities and Dogmatic Differences Between Naguib Mahfouz and Charles Dickens
Samantha C. Ghormley
Dr. Bob Mielke, Faculty Mentor

Although eighty years, several countries and language separate Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, there exist striking similarities between their narratives. This is particularly evident in the personalities and relationships of the authors' respective semi-autobiographical characters. Mahfouz famously found Charles Dickens' work unreadable, making the strong resemblance of Dickens' renowned character Pip to his character Kamal fascinating. Within my analysis I focus on the specific relationship between the characters and their love interests. Finally I emphasize each relationship's result and how these differences exemplify the authors' individual styles and literary dogmas.

Keywords: Literature, Charles Dickens, Naguib Mahfouz, The Cairo Trilogy, Great Expectations


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 25-4
Location: OP 2121
Time: 10:30

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