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Black-Arab political and cultural solidarity has had a long and rich history in the United States. That alliance is once again exerting a powerful influence on American society as Black American and Arab American activists and cultural workers are joining forces in formations like the Movement for Black Lives and Black for Palestine to address social justice issues. In Breaking Broken English, Hartman explores the historical and current manifestations of this relationship through language and literature, with a specific focus on Arab American literary works that use the English language creatively to put into practice many of the theories and ideas advanced by Black American thinkers.

Breaking Broken English shows how language is the location where literary and poetic beauty meet the political in creative work. Hartman draws out thematic connections between Arabs/Arab Americans and Black Americans around politics and culture and also highlights the many artistic ways these
links are built. She shows how political and cultural ideas of solidarity are written in creative texts and emphasizes their potential to mobilize social justice activists in the United States and abroad in the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface: Breaking Broken English
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Breaking Language, Broken English: The Politics and Aesthetics of Literary Solidarities
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 1. Building a Theory of Language, Poetics, and Politics in the Break
  2. pp. 37-78
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  1. 2. Homage as a Politics of Solidarity: Coalition Building and Arab American Poetry
  2. pp. 79-115
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  1. 3. Palestine, or a Language as Home: Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin
  2. pp. 116-155
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  1. 4. Stories to Pass On: Randa Jarrar's Languages of Race, Sexuality, and Gender
  2. pp. 156-198
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  1. 5. "The Most Pressing Causes of Our Times": Translating Radwa Ashour Translating Black America
  2. pp. 199-238
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  1. Conclusions: Breaking to Get Free
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-304
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  1. Back cover
  2. p. 305
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815654667
Related ISBN
9780815636380
MARC Record
OCLC
1084630748
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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