Reflections of Egyptian Society in the Campus Fiction: A Study of Radwa Ashour’s Specters

  •  Ashraf Zidan    


Radwa Ashour is well-known for her satirical attitudes towards political, social issues and her profession. This article studies Specters as an Egyptian campus novel. Campus novels are set at (provincial) universities; they are written to ridicule both the institution/authority and the naivety/false superiority of some academics. This genre can focus on four groups: students, teaching staff, deans, and faculties. Modern campus novels are also involved in discussing other issues outside the borders of universities. This study not only portrays the pitfalls of some professors, but highlights the social and political problems that modern societies encounter as well. This article concludes that readers are shocked and disillusioned because they have regarded that academic life as an example of chastity, purity and wisdom. It also stresses that both the state and the teaching staffs are to blame for that corruption and frailty.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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