The Notion of Childhood in Arab American, Arabic, and French Literatures: A Comparative Study

Hassan Ali Al-Momani


The papers aims at investigation the notion of childhood in Arab American, Arabic, and French Literatures through analyzing the poetry of the Arab-American poet and writer Gibran Khalil Gibran, the Arab poet Nizar Qabbani, the French poets Jaques Prevert and Victor Hugo. Each poet tackles the notion of childhood in his poetry highlighting his viewpoint on childhood and reflecting how adults should view and deal with children. A close reading analysis technique will be applied for the analysis of the poems. Additionally, the poems will be comparatively analyzed in light of the most famous theorists' arguments in the field of childhood, such as Aries, Lock, Roussesu, Blume, and Hunt.


childhood, adulthood, innocence, adult interference, notion of childhood

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