Arab-American Women's Writing and Performance: Orientalism, by Somaya Sami Sabry

By Somaya Sami Sabry

the general public picture of Arabs in the USA has been substantially plagued by 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. right here Somaya Sabry lines the strong results of racial discourse and 19th- and twentieth-century American Orientalism at the Arab-American adventure, atmosphere the degree for a dialogue of up to date Arab-American women’s responses. She indicates how Arab-American girls writers and performers confront and subvert racial stereotypes during this charged context, that is additional advanced at the present time through hostility in the direction of Arabs in post-9/11 America.

How do Arab-American girls writers and performers interrogate imperative tropes within the present polarized and old second? Sabry means that the determine of Sheherazade and the assumption of the Arabian Nights, with their subject matters of transformation and alter, supply a typical cultural house 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 residing within the Hyphen-Nation to Maysoon Zayid’s stand-up comedy. via shut readings and significant analyses Sabry finds how each one of those writers and performers have interaction in various methods with Sheherazadian narrative and orality, and hence forge a place for cultural translation and negotiation-interrogating stereotypes of oppressed Muslim/Arab girls while that they navigate belonging and identification in a hostile/ambivalent setting.

Combining literary, cultural and political research, and laying off new mild on Arab-American women’s negotiations of identification, this e-book can be critical for all these drawn to the Arab-American international, American ethnic reviews and race, in addition to diaspora reviews, women’s reviews, literature, cultural reports and function studies.

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