May 25, 2024
Omid Amani

Omid Amani

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D in English Literature
Faculty: Literature and Human Sciences


Affective Post-Colonialism: Emotion and Empathy in Brian Friel’s Selected Plays
Type Thesis
Brian Friel; Translations; Making History; Affective Studies; Emotional Experience; Post-Colonialism; Empathy
Researchers Omid Amani، Ghiasuddin Alizadeh


The present research tends to address Brian Friel’s affective postcolonialism in Translations and Making History through the lens of Patrick C. Hogan’s affective approach. In Patrick Colm Hogan’s insights, literature is capable of constructing emotions based on human motivations, interactions and social life. Hence, what Hogan is trying to cover is the mutual relationship between human emotions, emotional experiences, empathic responses and feelings. In this sense, Brian Friel is regarded as one of the eminent Irish dramatists who, in a post-colonial context, portrays the affiliations of language, history, politics and cultural identity by virtue of structuring emotions elicited via the story worlds of the plays. This thesis touches on the emotional registers passed through the characters, the colonizer and the colonized, integrated with their cultural identity and their interactions with the Irish community. At issue is readers’ mental simulation engaged, cognitively speaking, with the emotions they experience in response to the fictional worlds of the plays—their events, situations, and characters’ loss of cultural and national identities.