Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature (Cross/Cultures 115)

Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature (Cross/Cultures 115)

By: Layla Al Maleh (volume_editor)Hardback

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Arab Voices in Diaspora offers a wide-ranging overview and an insightful study of the field of anglophone Arab literature produced across the world. The first of its kind, it chronicles the development of this literature from its inception at the turn of the past century until the post 9/11 era. The book sheds light not only on the historical but also on the cultural and aesthetic value of this literary production, which has so far received little scholarly attention. It also seeks to place anglophone Arab literary works within the larger nomenclature of postcolonial, emerging, and ethnic literature, as it finds that the authors are haunted by the same 'hybrid', 'exilic', and 'diasporic' questions that have dogged their fellow postcolonialists. Issues of belonging, loyalty, and affinity are recognized and dealt with in the various essays, as are the various concerns involved in cultural and relational identification. The contributors to this volume come from different national backgrounds and share in examining the nuances of this emerging literature. Authors discussed include Elmaz Abinader, Diana Abu-Jaber, Leila Aboulela, Leila Ahmed, Rabih Alameddine, Edward Atiyah, Shaw Dallal, Ibrahim Fawal, Fadia Faqir, Khalil Gibran, Suheir Hammad, Loubna Haikal, Nada Awar Jarrar, Jad El Hage, Lawrence Joseph, Mohja Kahf, Jamal Mahjoub, Hisham Matar, Dunya Mikhail, Samia Serageldine, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ameen Rihani, Mona Simpson, Ahdaf Soueif, and Cecile Yazbak. Contributors: Victoria M. Abboud, Diya M. Abdo, Samaa Abdurraqib, Marta Cariello, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Cristina Garrigos, Lamia Hammad, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Wail S. Hassan, Richard E. Hishmeh, Syrine Hout, Layla Al Maleh, Brinda J. Mehta, Dawn Mirapuri, Geoffrey P. Nash, Boulus Sarru, Fadia Fayez Suyoufie

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About Author

Layla Al Maleh is associate professor of English literature at Kuwait University. She was the first to draw attention to anglophone Arab literature in a doctoral dissertation entitled "The English Novel by Arab Writers" submitted to King's College, London University as far back as 1980. She has taught at Damascus University, Syria and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and was a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Contents

Acknowledgements Preface Layla Al Maleh: Anglophone Arab Literature: An Overview Wail S. Hassan: Gibran and Orientalism Richard E. Hishmeh: Strategic Genius, Disidentification, and the Burden of The Prophet in Arab-American Poetry Boulos Sarru: The Dialectic of the Nature/Man/God Trilogy of Acceptance and Tolerance in the Works of Amine F. Rihani Syrine Hout: The Last Migration: The First Contemporary Example of Lebanese Diasporic Literature Carol Fadda-Conrey: Transnational Diaspora and the Search for Home in Rabih Alameddine's I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters Cristina Garrigos: The Dynamics of Intercultural Dislocation: Hybridity in Rabih Alameddine's I, The Divine Brinda J. Mehta: The Semiosis of Food in Diana Abu Jaber's Crescent Diya M. Abdo: How to Be a Successful Double Agent: (Dis)placement as Strategy in Fadia Faqir's Pillars of Salt Fadia Suyoufie & Lamia Hammad : Women in Exile : The 'Unhomely' in Fadia Faqir's Pillars of Salt Marta Cariello: Bodies Across: Ahdaf Soueif, Fadia Faqir, Diana Abu Jaber Marta Cariello: Searching for Room to Move: Producing and Negotiating Space in Leila Aboulela's Minaret Geoffrey P. Nash: From Harem to Harvard: Cross-Cultural Memoir in Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage Victoria M. Abboud: (Trans)Planting Cedars: Seeking Identity, Nationality, and Culture in the Lebanese Diaspora Yasmeen Hanoosh: Tomorrow They Write their Story: Chaldeans in America and the Transforming Narrative of Identities Layla Al Maleh: From Romantic Mystics to Hyphenated Ethnics: Arab-American Writers Negotiating/Shifting Identity Samaa Abdurraqib: Making It Survive Here and "Dreams of Return": Community and Identity in the Poetry of Mohja Kahf Dawn Mirapuri: Meditations on Memory and Belonging: Nada Awar Jarrar's Somewhere, Home Notes on Contributors

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2009
  • ISBN13: 9789042027183
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 491
  • ID: 9789042027183
  • weight: 907
  • ISBN10: 9042027185

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