A Semiotic Analysis of Novel Faces in Hot Water by Abdallah Tayeh



  • Said Mohammed Al-Fayoumi Professor of Arabic Literature at Al-Quds Open University, Palestine
  • Nadira Brioua Ph.D., Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia


Semiotics, signs, novel cover, the title, characters, settings, Faces in Hot Water


The aim of this study is to investigate the semiotics of the cover, title, characters and the settings of Faces in Hot Water (1996) by the Palestinian writer Abdallah Tayeh. The study shows how important is semiotics in aesthetically and cognitively shaping the novel. The study adopts a qualitative research method by applying semiotic analysis to create a new understanding of the literary text and its interpretations. Built on semiotic analysis, the writer embodies the prevailing norms, traditions and culture of the Palestinian society. The writer also reveals semantic signs that are not visible. He in fact captured the implied meaning behind the semiotic text. The research shows that Tayeh uses many semiotic signs to refer to the various concepts of issues related to the Palestinian culture, society and beliefs.  


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How to Cite

Said Mohammed Al-Fayoumi, & Brioua, N. (2021). A Semiotic Analysis of Novel Faces in Hot Water by Abdallah Tayeh. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 4(4), 80-89. https://doi.org/10.32996/ijllt.2021.4.4.9