Identity as a Critical Subject: Aesthetical to Cultural Critical Analysis of Izz Iddin Manasra’s Ideology

Abbas A. Abbas, Khalil H. Nofal


This study is intended to follow one of the most important transformations in the comparative cultural studies movement presented in the efforts of Izz Iddin Manasra, the critic, who is considered one of important contributors to the modernizing of the comparative approach by taking it into new horizon. He does so through his insistence on the fact that the comparative studies should take its role, and there should be new relations between it and the merging fields, such as cultural criticism, rather than the old ones, like history. The study intends to present a critical reading of Manasra’s ideas in his book Identity and Multilingualism as a comparative and intellectual work and makes the identity a comparative study that can be handled through cultural criticism theory to scrutinize the strategies of the new transformations and to follow Manasra’s efforts in handling identity in the comparative domain.


Identity; Criticism; Culture; Resistance

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