The Question of Identity Through Sense of Belonging, Hybridity, and In-betweenness in Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Ayar M. Z., Taştekin R.


  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Osmaniye
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.65
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


It is a conventional fact that immigrants who escape from the suffocating atmosphere and chaos of the colonized lands to more civilized and welfare countries are not easily able to erase the traces of their devastated past. The traces of their culture that they grew up in not only pursue them but also conduce them not to adopt thoroughly the countries they have currently lived in. In addition, another reason why they could not adopt to the countries they moved to lies also behind the fact that they were discriminated against and undervalued in every sense and were treated as second-class. In this sense, being exposed to two entirely disparate cultures and belonging to a minority culture in a country, have brought about the questioning of belonging within itself. In the light of post-colonial literature, it is likely to encounter some protagonists who are trapped in an inner turmoil in which they could not identify themselves with a certain place because of the reasons mentioned above; these protagonists no longer feel that they belong neither to the place where they were born nor to the idealized place that imposes on them a considerable cultural alteration. One of the prominent critics of postcolonial literature, Homi Bhabha, deals with cultural issues in his The Location of Culture (1994). In tandem with the issues of culture and identity that Bhabha elaborates on, this study will deal with Gurnah’s Admiring Silence (1996) in terms of notions such as sense of belonging, inbetweenness, and hybridity. Keywords: culture, identity, in-betweenness, hybridity, sense of belonging