International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

The Trauma of the Colonial Heritage in Doumat Wad Hamid and The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih
Bechir Chaabane

In Doumat Wad Hamid and The Wedding Of Zein, Tayeb Salih avails himself of the gothic to underscore the horrors of the colonial past and condemn bourgeois superiority. Creatively, he brings the gothic from old castles, towers and bourgeois old mansions to the commonplace habitats to speak up the distress of the colonial past and the abuse of the bourgeois group. The Sudanese society is still troubled by the nightmare of colonialism and cannot move beyond it owing to a decadent postcolonial political system being applied. The gothic space and grotesque characters are staged to divulge the intensity of the colonial aftereffects still effective in current time. Thus, the postcolonial gothic engages with memory to voice the grim reality of everyday life. In the blurring of past/present, Salih speaks up the agonies of the Sudanese people.

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