Evaluation and analysis of social romanticism features in “Body memory” novel written by Ahlam Mostaghanemi

Document Type : علمی - پژوهشی


Assistant Professor, Department of Persian Language and Literature, Shahrekord University



Romanticism, imagination and dreaming, looking insight, sadness, love, and individualism can be considered as the fundamental elements of romanticism. Thus if a romance writer with all the above-mentioned features wants to pay attention to matters such as environment, society, nation, country, and people, a new branch in romanticism as social romanticism will be created. Arabic literature as a dynamic field in the world literature always has experienced a variety of changes through different periods. Also in the current era keep up with the changes of the world and with a bit of delay received the instructions of romanticism school. The elements of romanticism remain in the fiction till now, to declare social concept, so we can consider Ahlam Mostaghanemi as pioneers of this literary school. “Body memory” is one of the most successful stories of this Algerian female writer. This study uses an analysis - documentary method to check and analyze the elements of social romanticism in “Body memory”. Mostaghanemi as a contemporary intellectual used the framework of romanticism and new methods of fiction such as settings, characters, choosing a smart point of view to express all those pains and concerns which belong to her and society in this novel to an audience. She illustrated nationalism, social and political issues, inequality, the corruption in the ruling political system of Algeria, and disappointment in the next generation of revolution in the “Body memory” novel with the rich and romantic images and descriptions and since she expresses all these elements to an audience in a romantic narration, we can consider “Body memory” as an ideal example of a combination of sense and society.


Volume 11, Issue 23
March 2022
Pages 318-340
  • Receive Date: 18 December 2021
  • Revise Date: 19 January 2022
  • Accept Date: 09 March 2022
  • First Publish Date: 09 March 2022