Baba’s Death: Nour’s Nostalgic Voice in Zyen Joukhadar’s The Map of Salt and Stars


  • Boubaker Mohrem University of Jordan
  • Malek Jamal Zuraikat Yarmouk University



diaspora, nostalgia, displacement, weather, The Map of Salt and Stars


This article discusses how nostalgia functions as a successful tool of resistance in The Map of Salt and Stars (2018). The article examines the representation of nostalgia of a displaced character called Nour emphasizing how weather and place shape her homesickness. It also investigates how the character copes with her nostalgic experience in an attempt to construct her shattered personality. We contend that there is a link between nostalgia, memories, weather, and place using the concept nostalgia as outlined by Tim Wildschut, Constantine Sedikides, and Clay Routledge. This reading helps us better understand the narratives under discussion and comprehend the psychological development of diasporic individuals. Overall, the paper concludes that Nour’s nostalgia is powered by her memories and weather, which enables her to resist the impact of the death of her father.

Author Biographies

Boubaker Mohrem, University of Jordan

Faculty of English Language and Literature

Malek Jamal Zuraikat, Yarmouk University

Faculty of English Language and Literature


Batcho, K. I. (1998). Personal nostalgia, World View, memory, and Emotionality. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 87(2), 411–432. Retrieved December 21, 2021, from

Bogdonoff, N. (2020). Perpetual motion machine: Refugee experience in Zeyn Joukhadar's fantasy adventure, The Map of Salt and Stars. Pleiades: Literature in Context, 40(2), 274–275. Retrieved December 21, 2021, from

Boym, S. (2001). The Future of Nostalgia. Basic Books.

Jacobsen, M. H., & Ostovich, S. T. (2020). Dangerous memories Nostalgia and the historical sublime. In Nostalgia now: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on the past in the present (pp. 1–247). Essay, Routledge.

J. Su, J. (2005). Ethics and Nostalgia in Contemporary Novel. Cambridge University Press.

Joukhadar, J. Z. (2018). The Map of Salt and Stars. Atria Paperback.

Joukhadar, J.Z. (2020). The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel. Atria Books.

Louati, H., & Amrieh, Y. A. (2022). “Things” and recovery from trauma in Joukhadar’s A Map of Salt and Stars. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 12(1), 177–184. Retrieved February 14, 2022, from

McCann, W. H. (1941). Nostalgia: A Review of the Literature. Psychological Bulletin, 38(3), 165–182. Retrieved February 14, 2022, from.

Rubenstein, R. (2001). Home Matters Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fiction. Palgrave.

Routledge, C. (2015). Nostalgia: A psychological resource. Psychology Press.

Salih, T. (2009). Season of Migration to the North. New York Review of Books.

Van Tilburg, W. A., Sedikides, C., & Wildschut, T. (2018). Adverse Weather Evokes Nostalgia. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(7), 984–995. Retrieved December 21, 2021, from

Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., Arndt, J., & Routledge, C. (2006). Nostalgia: Content, triggers, functions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91(5), 975–993. Retrieved December 21, 2021, from

Zhou, Xinyue, Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., SHI, Kan, & Feng, Cong (2011). Nostalgia: The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Journal of Consumer Research, 39(1), 39–50. Retrieved February 14, 2022, from