Narration and History in "Wadi Al- Safsafah " (Valley of Willow Tree) Novel by Ahmad Al Tarawneh

Khawla Shakhatreh


This paper discusses the narration and history in "Wadi Al-Safsafah" by Ahmad Al tarawneh, which focuses on Karak rebellion (El hayeh) in 1910, meanwhile it surpasses rather beyond to the present , and deals with the profound transformations taking place in Jordan society . The paper also discusses the narrative and historical dialect in the novel and the effort to naturalize it, then it shows the human aspects of the novel. The paper examines the narrative address : event, narrator, narration, and place. It concludes that the novel, with its narrative address, was able to express its idea and go beyond history to present its own understanding of an event that has ended, but its consequences are still present till now.

Keywords: Wadi al-Safsafah, Ahmad al-Tarawneh, Rebellion, Elhayeh, Turks, Narration and history, Karak

DOI: 10.7176/HRL/52-04

Publication date: December 31st 2020

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