The aim of this thesis was to investigate the empowering role of art as a response to dealing with and recovering from the traumatic circumstances of exile. The act of forcefully uprooting an individual from the place of origin and belonging severely shatters the human identity. Leading this research with the intellectual and literary contributions of Edward Said transforms the disturbance of exile into the key source that strengthens the mold of a personal, cultural, and an artistic being. The outcome was analyzed by the works of three contemporary Middle Eastern artists in exile who harnessed their “orphanhood” and preserved a closeness to their cultural roots by depicting the emotional potency of nostalgia through art. With supportive studies from fields of psychoanalysis, sociology, political history, and anthropology, the influential awareness of memory is the bridge that reconciles the past and the future.
|Advisor:||Siedell, Daniel A.|
|Commitee:||George, Angela S., Johnson, Stephen P.|
|School:||Azusa Pacific University|
|Department:||Art and Design|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art history, Middle Eastern Studies, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Art and trauma, Diaspora, Exile, Memory and trauma, Middle Eastern artists, Nostalgia|
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