By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this booklet examines a large diversity 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 a number of fictions approximately Arabs and Islam circulation often in either renowned and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to focus on the differences inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra advanced than typically is stated in public dialogue, an activity 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 ebook of Arab American literary feedback and gives reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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9 25 not dealing with a singular community; Arab Americans are not ourselves singular, nor are we perceived as such by various communities in the United States. This assumption is pertinent because I will have to argue that the composition of an Arab American Studies, though exciting politically and intellectually, faces variegated challenges— both internal and external—that demand caution, none so conspicuous as the threat of reduction or homogenization. Let us proceed with some necessary acknowledgments: ● ● ● ● ● ● If Arab Americans are America’s original sand niggers, then we have in this originality a justification for pursuit of a discrete area study; but this is nevertheless a poor excuse on which to base such a pursuit.
Ethnic Studies scholars? Anybody who expresses sympathy? And what sort of curriculum, for example, will underpin the pursuit? A palimpsest of, say, African or Native American Studies? A cross-section of Middle East and American Studies? The fact that these questions are endless speaks to both the need for an Arab American Studies and the difficulty of even conceptualizing its existence. These acknowledgments touch on both philosophical and pragmatic concerns—an untidy list, really, of things for us to consider.
In particular, the decision by CAAS to highlight “Arab Diasporas” in addition to Arab Americans alters both curricular possibilities and philosophical topographies. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-02-12 36 37 the primary consequence of that decision has been to acknowledge that the confines in which academics study Arabs do not completely accommodate the countless spaces Arabs actually inhabit. Such an acknowledgment, which should be commonsensical, is rare enough to be considered a novelty, and illustrates rather dramatically the fundamental point that an Arab American Studies, if conceived and delivered carefully, has the potential to alter the rigid paradigms into which diasporic Arab communities frequently are relegated (in both popular and professorial discourses).
Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics (American Literature Readings in the 21 Century) by S. Salaita