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Abdallah Abormealeh

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Abdallah Abormealeh

Bowland North Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YN

LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Research overview

The main interest of this thesis is to examine the theme of self-destruction and identity crisis as a resulting phase of the change Nigeria severely underwent during and after British colonisation. By focusing on his fiction in particular, whose endings are often concerned with a sense of tragedy, Chinua Achebe’s Igbo characters seem to respond to this change in different ways trying to create an existential free will of choice ending up having a sense of tragedy under the influence of British colonial power. While some would deny this change, unsuccessfully trying to live according to the older and traditional standards of life, others try to adapt to the new rules that have become to govern their African traditional life. A third group would completely go against the old system, embracing the very creation of new rules cultures. As dichotomies of whites/blacks, colonisers/colonised, masters/slaves, Self/Other, consciousness/unconsciousness, responsibility/carelessness...etc are always topics of critical heated controversies, this thesis develops a keen interest in cross-cultural, colonial and existential contributions by mainly arousing three overarching questions: To what extent can Whites’ superiority over Blacks’ inferiority lead to the latter’s sense of destruction either physically or spiritually? What is the impact of awareness upon unawareness in predetermining the destiny of this sense of destruction? Finally, in what ways can colonisation define identities as culturally hybrid? The main theoretical approaches of this thesis, therefore, are Edward Said’s Orientalism, Out of Place, and Culture and Imperialism, Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture, and Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Career Details

  • Eight months member of the (JTA) Jordanian Translators Association.
  • (2004-2006) Basic, intermediate, and advanced English language courses teacher. (MTC) Mansi Technology Center.
  • (2004-2009) Basic, intermediate, and advanced English language courses teacher. (Shawaheen Center).
  • (2005-2006) English language teacher at Yarmouk Model School. Yarmouk University.
  • (2005-2008) Member of the Medium of Instruction in the Department of English Language and Literature of Yarmouk University.
  • (2005-2009) Professional English Language Courses Consultant at Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Assisted in the implementation of the Supporting Jordan's Education project (SJE).
  • (2009-2010) Basic, intermediate, and advanced English language courses Consultant. (BAI) British & American Institute.
  • (2009-2012) Lecturer at University of Banking and Financial Sciences.
  • (2012-2013) Lecturer at Toledo College.
  • (2010-till now) Basic, intermediate, and advanced English language courses Consultant. Resourcia Academic Solution/Qualifi.
  • (2016) Lecturer at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Concentrated English Language Course (Conversation & Translation).
  • (2016) Lecturer and Translator at Amman Arab University. 

Qualifications

  • (1996-1997) National Yarmouk General Secondary School "Tawjihi" High School. Irbid, Jordan.
  • (1998-2000) Computer Science. Yarmouk University. Collage of Science.
  • (2000-2003) B.A Degree Yarmouk University. College of Arts. English Language and Literature. Irbid, Jordan.
  • (2004-2008) M.A Degree. Yarmouk University. College of Arts. English Language and Literature.
  • (2014-till now) PhD Degree. Lancaster University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. English Language and Literature. European Languages and Cultures. United Kingdom.

Thesis Title

Identity Crisis as Multi-faceted Conflicts in Chinua Achebe's Fiction: An Existential and Postcolonial Perspective