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  • Welcome to ALT Magazine & Press: Hazawi Prize Announces 2023 Shortlist: (Sana'a, Yemen) - The shortlist for the 2023 Hazawi Prize for Yemeni Literature has been revealed, announcing the ten writers who have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award.
  • Now in its second yearly round, the Hazawi Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to fiction in Yemeni literature. Organized by the Hazawi Cultural Foundation, this annual prize aims to promote Yemeni literature and support creative writers.
  • This year's shortlist features both emerging and renowned Yemeni authors. The ten works advancing to the final round of judging are:
  • - Abdullah Faisal shortlisted for his novel, Spirits and Secrets.
  • - Aisha Saleh shortlisted for her novel, Under the Ashes
  • - Farouk Merish shortlisted for his novel, A Dignified Stranger
  • - Ahmed Ashraf shortlisted for his novel, A Painful Belt
  • - Ghassan Khalid shortlisted for his novel, A Sky that Rains Fear
  • - Hosam Adel shortlisted for his novel, The Lord of the Black Dog
  • - Asmaa Abdulrazak shortlisted for her novel, Shrapnels
  • - Abdullah Abdu Muhammad shortlisted for his novel, The Road to Sana'a
  • - Najah Bahkeim shortlisted for her novel, The Final Decision
  • - Samir AbdulFattah shortlisted for her novel, What We Cannot See
  • The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in Sana'a later where they will receive $1,500 USD. Second and third prizes of $1,000 USD each will also be awarded. All shortlisted works are celebrated for chronicling Yemen's rich culture and wartime experiences. This prestigious prize continues highlighting the nation's thriving literary community.

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Tradition and Modernity in Yemeni Literature: A Critical Analysis of Hamid Oqabi’s The Yemeni Stallion

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Rereading the Egyptian Film “Escape to the Top”

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Navigating the Poetic Landscape: A Critical Examination of Access to Meaning, Preference, and the Question of Genre

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Exploring the Complexities of Power, Identity, and Conflict in Al-Gharbi Emran’s”Hisn al-Zaidi”

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Lost Memories and Enduring Struggles: A Critical Analysis of Fatima Wahidi’s “The Second-To-Last Picture”

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Unraveling Mysticism and Identity in Rural Egypt – An Analysis of Majdi Jaafar’s Diaspora

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Media’s Colonization of Culture:  How Decolonizing Perspectives Offer Insight

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The Wa’l [Ibex] Rises: Reclaiming Yemeni Identity through an Ancient Symbol – Hatem Al-Shamea

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Revisiting the Yemeni Revolution in Suhair Assamman’s “Behind the Walls of Memory. – Hatem Al-Shamea

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Psychological Analysis of Memory and Trauma in Mayasa Al-Nakhlani’s “I Named Her Fatima” by Hatem Al-Shamea

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Exploring the Fragile Tapestry of Memory: An Analysis of Entesar Asseri’s ‘Memory’ – by Hatem Al-Shamea

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Exploring the Intimacy of Historical and Urban Life: A Critical Analysis of Hanan Al-Qubaisi’s Award-Winning Oil Painting – by Hatem Al-Shamea

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Fractured Bonding: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Paternal Absence in Raya Ahmed’s “A Husband for My Mother” – by Hatem Al-Shamea

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Reimagining Religious Revisionism: Queering Expectations of Power, Gender, and Theology in Wajdi Al-Ahdal’s “Hitler Goes to Paradise” – by Hatem Al-Shamea

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The Journey of Transformation: An Analytical Study of the Novel, The End of A Furious Man

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Clothing Culture and Identity: Yusef Al-Majidi’s Symbolic Image of Identity and Dress in Yemeni Society

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The Roots of a Complex Conflict: Analysing the Role of Internal and External Actors in Yemen’s Multifaceted War

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Defying Oblivion: Exploration of Poetry, Legacy and Mortality in Al-Shahat’s “Place Poems Upon My Grave”

by Hatem Al-ShameaThe Haze of Desire: Exploring Narration, Gender Politics, and Social Critique in Ahmed Abdo’s “The Enamoured Demon-Possessed” Introduction Mohammed Mohammed Al-Shahat Al-Raghy is a renowned Egyptian poet and former journalist. He was born in 1954 in the village of El-Dehrya located in Sharbeen district, Dakahlia governorate. Al-Shahat went on to receive his higher …

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The Haze of Desire: Exploring Narration, Gender Politics, and Social Critique in Ahmed Abdo’s “The Enamoured Demon-Possessed”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Seeking Cures on Arduous Roads: Postcolonial Analysis of Healthcare and Infrastructure in Arafat Musleh’s “Exhausting Rides” Introduction Ahmed Abdo’s novel “The Enamoured Demon-Possessed” opens with a dense, dreamlike passage brimming with poetic imagery and uncertain reality. The excerpt’s haziness invites literary examination of its unreliable narration, subtextual gender politics, and subtle social …

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Sounding the Alarm from the Abyss: A Critique of Yemeni Patriarchy in Asseri’s Short Story,”The Hole”

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Women’s Agency and Patriarchal Constraints in Fikria Shihra’s “Al-Thajjah”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction Fikria Shihra’s novel “Al-Thajjah”2020, provides a nuanced depiction of women’s lives and the complex gender dynamics within Yemeni society. Its central female characters are portrayed navigating patriarchal constraints while asserting individual desires and agency. This paper analyzes representations of women and gender relations through the lenses of feminist theory and psychoanalysis. …

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Cultural Insights and Symbolic Resonance in Arafat Musleh’s “The Day of Maimoon’s Disappearance

By Hatem Al-Shamea Abstract This paper provides a critical analysis of Arafat Musleh’s short story “The Day of Maimoon’s Disappearance” through the theoretical lenses of ecocriticism, mythology, and postcolonialism. It examines key themes relating to the cultural and ecological dynamics between villagers and their habitat in rural Yemen. The analysis is divided into five main …

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Seeking Cures on Arduous Roads: Postcolonial Analysis of Healthcare and Infrastructure in Arafat Musleh’s “Exhausting Rides”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK. ——————————————– Introduction Arafat Musleh is a Yemeni short story writer. He lives in the USA. His short story “Exhausting Rides,” translated from Arabic by Hatem Al-Shamea, offers a poignant glimpse into the struggles of a poor family in rural Yemen seeking treatment for …

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Reclaiming Language and Redefining Resistance: A Postcolonial Reading of Eman Assaedi’s ‘Excess of Joy’

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Reading, UK. Introduction Eman Assaedi is a contemporary Yemeni poet. Her free verse poem “Excess of Joy” offers a multilayered reflection on the themes of disillusionment, conflict, mortality, and poetry’s redemptive power in the aftermath of trauma. Much like Charles Baudelaire’s pioneering work in the …

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Burdened by Glory: Romanticized Memory as Postcolonial Protest in Al-Baradouni’s Abu Tamam and the Arabism of Today

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK ————————————– Introduction Abdullah Al-Baraddouni (1929–1999), the visually impaired poet of Yemen, rose from humble beginnings to become one of the Arab world’s most celebrated modern poets. Born in 1929 in the rural village of Zirajah, the young Al-Baraddouni was robbed of his sight …

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Fragmented Identities: Postcolonial Alienation and the Exilic Imagination in Sameer Abdelfattah’s “Empty Box”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Reading, UK. Fragmented Identities: Postcolonial Alienation and the Exilic Imagination in Sameer Abdelfattah’s “Empty Box” Introduction In the enigmatic modernist short story “Empty Box,” Yemeni author Sameer Abdelfattah skillfully encapsulates the psychic dislocation and fractured subjectivity of exile. Abdelfattah’s avant-garde narrative offers insight into what …

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Uneven Modernities: A Postcolonial Analysis of Setting, Power Relations, and Cultural Identity in Al-Gharbi Emran’s Yael’s Darkness

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK. Introduction The novel Yael’s Darkness written by Yemeni author Al-Gharbi Emran, translated by Hatem Al-Shamea, offers a vivid window into the urban environment of Sana’a through the observations of the narrator. Applying concepts from postcolonial literary theory brings into sharper focus the representations …

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Probing Patriarchy: Feminist Analysis of Entesar Asseri’s Flash Fiction Vignettes

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK Introduction Entesar Asseri’s micro-stories (taken from her collection of flash fiction, Prayer in the Embrace of Water” translated by Hatem Al-Shamea) offer intimate glimpses into the inner lives of Arabic women. Applying feminist literary theory brings gender dynamics and patriarchal norms into focus. …

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