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 various socio-political phenomena have affected the advance 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 focus on the differences inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra complicated than ordinarily is said 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 gives reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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It appears that PROBLEMS OF INCLUSION 37 the primary consequence of that decision has been to acknowledge that the confines in which academics study Arabs do not completely accommodate the countless spaces Arabs actually inhabit. Such an acknowledgment, which should be commonsensical, is rare enough to be considered a novelty, and illustrates rather dramatically the fundamental point that an Arab American Studies, if conceived and delivered carefully, has the potential to alter the rigid paradigms into which diasporic Arab communities frequently are relegated (in both popular and professorial discourses).
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. I would like to revisit the issue here and examine some of these pragmatic and curricular concerns in the framework of recent scholarly reflections on the past, present, and future of American Studies. Let me begin with the conceptual Arab American Studies under discussion throughout this chapter.