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Immigrant narratives : orientalism and cultural translation in Arab American and Arab British literature

Author: Waïl S Hassan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the work of Edward Said first appeared, countless studies have shown the ways in which Western writers--sometimes unwittingly--participate in the oversimplified East/West dichotomy of Orientalism. Yet no study has considered how writers from the so-called Orient approach this idea. A wide-ranging survey of the vast and diverse world of Anglophone Arab literature, Immigrant Narratives examines the complex ways  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Waïl S Hassan
ISBN: 9780199792061 0199792062
OCLC Number: 695857069
Description: xvi, 259 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Rise of Arab-American literature --
Gibran phenomenon --
Emergence of autobiography --
Retreat of cultural translation --
Exilic memoirs --
Academic itineraries --
Postcolonial translation --
Muslim immigrant fiction --
Queering orientalism.
Responsibility: Waïl S. Hassan.
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Drawing upon postcolonial, translation, and minority discourse theory, Immigrant Narratives investigates how key Arab-American and Arab-British writers have described their immigrant experiences, and  Read more...

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