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By S. Salaita

ISBN-10: 1403976201

ISBN-13: 9781403976208

Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this booklet examines a huge variety of contemporary Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how a number of socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the us various fictions approximately Arabs and Islam stream often in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to spotlight the variations inscribed within the Arab American group that render it extra complicated than normally is said in public dialogue, an exercise undertaken via critique of a cross-section of contemporary Arab American novelists, together with Etel Adnan, Rabih Alameddine, Joseph Geha, and Laila Halaby. Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics is the 1st unique e-book of Arab American literary feedback and provides reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies. 

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Maybe it’s possible that Arab Americans simply haven’t been active in the academy long enough or in large enough numbers to have collectively grown crotchety and cynical. And certainly it’s possible that in choosing to be proactive Arab Americanists are unwittingly chasing intellectual fool’s gold, something we will learn after more closely examining the luster of our optimism. It is equally possible, however, that our late arrival in academe is a benefit, that we’re incredibly serious, vigorously dedicated, and manifestly purposeful, and that, as a result of our newness, quite ready to speak and well worth listening to.

This swell in Arab American scholarship indicated that on the eve of 9/11 a serious discussion of the probity of an Arab American Studies was imminent, even if the critical apparatus on which such an endeavor would be based was still relatively immature. After 9/11, though, Arab American scholarship assumed something of a chaotic disposition. A community that once was virtually invisible suddenly became the object of much (often unsolicited) curiosity. 32 Now that Arab Americans have come to be treated as a race in the United States and have become a community subject to more outside scrutiny than internal study, numerous scholarly tasks have been identified: countering American myopia in the Arab World; demythologizing stereotype and overeager romanticization; developing critical paradigms for interdisciplinary projects; confronting human 28 ARAB AMERICAN LITERARY FICTIONS rights violations in the Arab World; situating Arab Americans in the ever-changing panorama of American multiculturalism; and theorizing an appropriate link between scholarly pursuit and social responsibility.

An approach centered exclusively on Arabs will likely concentrate on the ethnonationalistic characteristics of its subject matter, in this case communities originating from Arabic-speaking nations. An Arab-centric approach, on the other hand, explores communities originating from Arabicspeaking nations in a foundational capacity; that is, with the recognition that communities partake of complex human interplay always worth serious attention. An Arab-centric approach also assumes that communities originating from Arabic-speaking nations merit placement in academic hierarchies and, more immediately, in discussions about the multicultural demography of North America.

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