By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this e-book examines a vast variety of recent Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how quite a few socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the U.S. various fictions approximately Arabs and Islam movement often in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to focus on the variations inscribed within the Arab American group that render it extra advanced than more often than not is said in public dialogue, an activity 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 ebook of Arab American literary feedback and gives reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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It should then theorize how Arab American discreteness came into existence through transcultural interchange and contemplate how that interchange might contribute to a multiethnic collective. We should aspire, in short, to be exclusively inclusive. Such an aspiration is one way to overcome the multifarious problems of inclusion in the United States and an approach I would like to believe may benefit Cultural Studies as a field as it continues to struggle with its broad ideological underpinnings as they inevitably encounter and usually contradict the tenets of pluralism so fundamental to ethnic area studies.
I also will extend that framework to foreground what is, in my opinion, a more pressing matter: assuming that, as per our analysis in the introduction, we can incorporate the category of “American Muslim” into a discussion of the emergent category of “Arab American” (a move that I consider possible), how might we best comprehend the availability of an Arab American Studies and theorize curricular and disciplinary inclusion in the face of institutional exclusion? How, in turn, might analysis of Arab America (in whose rubric I will incorporate discussion of American Muslims)4 reveal to us some problems of inclusion in the United States?
30 I am doubtlessly omitting other important studies. This swell in Arab American scholarship indicated that on the eve of 9/11 a serious discussion of the probity of an Arab American Studies was imminent, even if the critical apparatus on which such an endeavor would be based was still relatively immature. After 9/11, though, Arab American scholarship assumed something of a chaotic disposition. A community that once was virtually invisible suddenly became the object of much (often unsolicited) curiosity.