By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this ebook examines a wide variety of contemporary Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how a variety of socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the USA numerous fictions approximately Arabs and Islam movement usually in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to spotlight the variations inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra advanced than quite often 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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