New PDF release: Arab-American Women's Writing and Performance: Orientalism,

By Somaya Sami Sabry

the general public photograph of Arabs in the USA has been noticeably laid low with the ‘war on terror’. yet stereotypes of Arabs, manifested for example in Orientalist representations of Sheherazade and the Arabian Nights in Hollywood and American pop culture, have prevailed much longer. the following Somaya Sabry lines the robust results of racial discourse and 19th- and twentieth-century American Orientalism at the Arab-American adventure, surroundings the level for a dialogue of up to date Arab-American women’s responses. She exhibits how Arab-American girls writers and performers confront and subvert racial stereotypes during this charged context, that is extra advanced this present day by way of hostility in the direction of Arabs in post-9/11 America.

How do Arab-American girls writers and performers interrogate significant tropes within the present polarized and old second? Sabry means that the determine of Sheherazade and the belief of the Arabian Nights, with their subject matters of transformation and alter, provide a typical cultural area for the exploration and reinterpretation of those stereotypes around the paintings of latest writers and performers-from Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent to Mohja Kahf’s E-Mails from Scheherazad, from Laila Farah’s dwelling within the Hyphen-Nation to Maysoon Zayid’s stand-up comedy. via shut readings and important analyses Sabry unearths how each one of those writers and performers have interaction in various methods with Sheherazadian narrative and orality, and therefore forge a situation for cultural translation and negotiation-interrogating stereotypes of oppressed Muslim/Arab girls whilst that they navigate belonging and id in a hostile/ambivalent atmosphere.

Combining literary, cultural and political research, and laying off new gentle on Arab-American women’s negotiations of id, this booklet might be essential for all these drawn to the Arab-American global, American ethnic stories and race, in addition to diaspora reviews, women’s experiences, literature, cultural reports and function studies.

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