Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics by S. Salaita

By S. Salaita

Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this booklet examines a vast diversity of contemporary Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how a number of socio-political phenomena have affected the advance of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the USA various fictions approximately Arabs and Islam stream usually in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to focus on the variations inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra complicated than as a rule 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 booklet of Arab American literary feedback and provides reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies. 

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An Arab-centric approach also assumes that communities originating from Arabic-speaking nations merit placement in academic hierarchies and, more immediately, in discussions about the multicultural demography of North America. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-02-12 PROBLEMS OF INCLUSION 38 position we rarely have occupied in ivory towers in the United States. Whatever else an Arab American Studies is able to accomplish or willing to attempt, such a transformation is fundamental to its evolution; it represents, in fact, the necessary groundwork from which curricular and philosophical matters will evolve.

Such an aspiration is one way to overcome the multifarious problems of inclusion in the United States and an approach I would like to believe may benefit Cultural Studies as a field as it continues to struggle with its broad ideological underpinnings as they inevitably encounter and usually contradict the tenets of pluralism so fundamental to ethnic area studies. This is a problem of inclusion that literary scholars of all specializations have an interest in overcoming. Mapping Arab America I focused earlier on what an Arab American Studies can be philosophically, choosing at the time to suspend discussion of what it can accomplish pragmatically and in its curricular ambitions.

Those interested in formalizing an Arab American Studies— as majors, minors, certificate-granting degrees, interdisciplinary courses of study, or even departments—must determine how to generate a strategic approach to formalization without encouraging any administrative or departmental impulse toward tokenism. Pragmatic dimensions of an Arab American Studies must be articulated in this era of hyper-specialization and consumer education. ” Problems of inclusion must be interrogated continually. Who, for instance, do Arab Americans include in our pursuit of academic recognition?

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