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By Somaya Sami Sabry

ISBN-10: 1848855680

ISBN-13: 9781848855687

the general public photograph of Arabs in the US has been extensively stricken 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. the following Somaya Sabry lines the strong results of racial discourse and 19th- and twentieth-century American Orientalism at the Arab-American adventure, surroundings 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's extra complex this day through hostility in the direction of Arabs in post-9/11 America.

How do Arab-American ladies writers and performers interrogate valuable tropes within the present polarized and old second? Sabry means that the determine of Sheherazade and the assumption of the Arabian Nights, with their issues of transformation and alter, supply a standard 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 residing within the Hyphen-Nation to Maysoon Zayid’s stand-up comedy. via shut readings and important analyses Sabry finds how every one of those writers and performers interact in various methods with Sheherazadian narrative and orality, and hence forge a position for cultural translation and negotiation-interrogating stereotypes of oppressed Muslim/Arab girls whilst that they navigate belonging and id in a hostile/ambivalent surroundings.

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

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