By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this booklet examines a large variety of recent 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 us quite a few fictions approximately Arabs and Islam circulation often 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 more often than not is stated in public dialogue, an recreation 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 gives reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics (American Literature Readings in the 21 Century) by S. Salaita