Publication Details

Mayabadi, F. & Ommundsen, W. "Shahrazad in Cronulla: David Foster's Retelling of One Thousand and One Nights in Sons of the Rumour." Journal of Intercultural Studies 39 .5 (2018): 570-580.


This reading of David Foster’s Sons of the Rumour focuses on its frame story, a reworking of the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights. It provides an overview of the impact of One Thousand and One Nights on world literature and goes on to analyse how Foster reimagines One Thousand and One Nights in order to illustrate humanity’s struggle between the spiritual and the material world. Foster constructs a parallel dilemma for Al Morrisey, a secular Australian Jew, and the Shah, a Persian Muslim. Differences between them favours Al’s secularism over the Shah’s Islamic faith, and tends to harden and exaggerate stereotypes, following a typical Orientalist pattern by recreating the structure of One Thousand and One Nights for a Western understanding of and taste for Orientalist material.



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