By Layla Al Maleh
Arab Voices in Diaspora deals a wide-ranging assessment and an insightful research of the sector of anglophone Arab literature produced internationally. the 1st of its style, it chronicles the improvement of this literature from its inception on the flip of the prior century until eventually the submit Sept. 11 period. The ebook sheds gentle not just at the ancient but additionally at the cultural and aesthetic worth of this literary creation, which has to date bought little scholarly awareness. It additionally seeks to put anglophone Arab literary works in the greater nomenclature of postcolonial, rising, and ethnic literature, because it unearths that the authors are haunted by means of a similar 'hybrid', 'exilic', and 'diasporic' questions that experience dogged their fellow postcolonialists. problems with belonging, loyalty, and affinity are well-known and handled within the a variety of essays, as are a few of the matters interested in cultural and relational identity. The members to this quantity come from diversified nationwide backgrounds and proportion in analyzing the nuances of this rising literature. Authors mentioned comprise 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. individuals: Victoria M. Abboud, Diya M. Abdo, Samaa Abdurraqib, Marta Cariello, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Cristina Garrig?s, Lamia Hammad, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Wa?l S. Hassan, Richard E. Hishmeh, Syrine Hout, Layla Al Maleh, Brinda J. Mehta, sunrise Mirapuri, Geoffrey P. Nash, Boulus Sarru, Fadia Fayez Suyoufie
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Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature (Cross Cultures) by Layla Al Maleh