Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone by Layla Al Maleh

By Layla Al Maleh

Arab Voices in Diaspora bargains a wide-ranging assessment and an insightful research of the sphere of anglophone Arab literature produced the world over. the 1st of its sort, it chronicles the improvement of this literature from its inception on the flip of the prior century until eventually the submit 11th of September period. The booklet sheds gentle not just at the historic but in addition at the cultural and aesthetic worth of this literary construction, which has thus far bought little scholarly recognition. It additionally seeks to put anglophone Arab literary works in the better nomenclature of postcolonial, rising, and ethnic literature, because it reveals that the authors are haunted by way of an identical 'hybrid', 'exilic', and 'diasporic' questions that experience dogged their fellow postcolonialists. problems with belonging, loyalty, and affinity are well-known and handled within the numerous essays, as are a number of the matters focused on cultural and relational id. The individuals to this quantity come from assorted nationwide backgrounds and proportion in studying the nuances of this rising literature. Authors mentioned contain Elmaz Abinader, Diana Abu-Jaber, Leila Aboulela, Leila Ahmed, Rabih Alameddine, Edward Atiyah, Shaw Dallal, Ibrahim Fawal, Fadia Faqir, Khalil Gibran, Suheir Hammad, Loubna Haikal, Nada Awar Jarrar, Jad El Hage, Lawrence Joseph, Mohja Kahf, Jamal Mahjoub, Hisham Matar, Dunya Mikhail, Samia Serageldine, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ameen Rihani, Mona Simpson, Ahdaf Soueif, and Cecile Yazbak. members: Victoria M. Abboud, Diya M. Abdo, Samaa Abdurraqib, Marta Cariello, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Cristina Garrig?s, Lamia Hammad, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Wa?l S. Hassan, Richard E. Hishmeh, Syrine Hout, Layla Al Maleh, Brinda J. Mehta, sunrise Mirapuri, Geoffrey P. Nash, Boulus Sarru, Fadia Fayez Suyoufie

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92 The Kahfs, it seems, transported the ‘home space’ with them when they settled in the U S A . Like many similar emigrants, they sought to re-create nostalgically and reflectively, in Proustian manner, the cultural and emotional particularities of locations and connections left behind. Mohja, their daughter, grew up in a community that observed Islamic rituals rigorously and tolerated little dissidence, if any. It did not matter if the practice of the rituals was incongruous with common practice outside the circle of the expatriates, as with a grandmother who “Washes Her Feet in the Sink of 88 Leila Ahmad, A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman’s Journey (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999): 111.

For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word”; Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, tr. Maria Jolas (La Poétique de l’espace, 1958; Boston M A : Beacon, 1958): 4. 114 Shaw Dallal, Scattered Like Seeds (Syracuse N Y : Syracuse U P , 1998): 176. 115 Dallal, Scattered Like Seeds, 177. ”117 In fact, Salaita adds, the phenomenon is not confined to Americans of Palestinian origin, Palestinian prose has gone global.

Diana Abu Jaber, a Palestinian American, more than a decade before her, managed to do exactly that, and in the face of much opprobrium. Her Arabian Jazz, published in 1993 (Winner of the Oregon Book Award and finalist for the National P E N /Hemingway Award) and regarded by many as the first Arab-American novel, offered what some viewed as a negative and unflattering portrayal of Arab-Americans. The novel speaks of the Ramoud family, Matussem, the father, and his two grown daughters Melvina and Jemorah, who live in a small town in upstate New York and who try to make some sense of their double cultural heritage.

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