By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this e-book examines a vast variety of recent Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how quite a few socio-political phenomena have affected the advance of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the us a number of fictions approximately Arabs and Islam movement often in either renowned and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to spotlight the variations inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra advanced than typically is said in public dialogue, an recreation undertaken via critique of a cross-section of recent 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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I imagine that some might object to an effort to attract non-Arab students into Arab American Studies programs (although I doubt that such objections would be overwhelming), but I will have to argue that of all the impediments that might prevent an Arab American Studies from realizing its undeniable potential, I can think of few more pressing than the possibility that we will begin to entertain our ethnonationalistic impulses. This argument, I should mention, arises from somebody voraciously devoted to retaining and elaborating an Arab American identity.
Sand nigger is not only an epithet increasingly common among American purveyors of anti-Arab racism, but also a signifier of the alienation of minorities wrought by the majoritarian notion of American exceptionalism. It is a new word ensconced in centuries-old ideas, framed by an erstwhile attitude of White Supremacy noteworthy not so much for its ability to adapt and endure, but for what its adaptations and endurances reveal about the hierarchized organization of American ethnic communities. Any speculation that Arab Americans might be 20 ARAB AMERICAN LITERARY FICTIONS conceptualized as “America’s new niggers” acknowledges tacitly that there remains a White majority in the United States in whose image Americanness is still defined.
It portends, first of all, an integration of Arab Americans into complex American polities as well as internationalist paradigms. Second, its hermeneutics indicate that complexification necessarily underlies scholarly pursuit into Arab American themes. And third, it counters any impulse scholars might have to theorize racial or cultural essences through exploration of group uniqueness. ) The result, then, might be an area study not only devoted primarily to Arab Americans (and, less explicitly, to all other Arabs), but, more important, one that uses an Arab-centric approach to organize inquiry into more traditional scholarly explorations of Americanized landscapes.
Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics by S. Salaita