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Far from offering another study that bemoans Arab women’s repression and veiling, Anxiety of Erasure looks at Arab women writers living in the diaspora who have translated their experiences into a productive and creative force. In this book, Al-Samman articulates the therapeutic effects of revisiting forgotten histories and of activating two cultural tropes: that of the maw’udah (buried female infant) and that of Shahrazad in the process of revolutionary change. She asks what it means to develop a national, gendered consciousness from diasporic locals while staying committed to the homeland. Al-Samman presents close readings of the fiction of five prominent authors whose works span over half a century and define the current status of Arab diaspora studies—Ghada al-Samman, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hamida al-Na‘na‘, Hoda Barakat, Samar Yazbek, and Salwa al-Neimi. Exploring the journeys in time and space undertaken by these women, Anxiety of Erasure shines a light on the ways in which writers remain participants in their homelands’ intellectual lives, asserting both the traumatic and the triumphant aspects of diaspora. The result is a nuanced Arab women’s poetic that celebrates rootlessness and rootedness, autonomy and belonging.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Translation and Transcription
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Arab Women and the Experience of Diaspora
  2. pp. 22-44
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  1. 2. Anxiety of Erasure
  2. pp. 45-61
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  1. 3. Mosaic Autobiography
  2. pp. 62-102
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  1. 4. Diasporic Haunting
  2. pp. 103-141
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  1. 5. Transforming Nationhood from within the Minefield
  2. pp. 142-165
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  1. 6. Paradigms of Dis-ease and Domination
  2. pp. 166-196
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  1. 7. Border Crossings
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. 8. Unearthing the Archives, Inscribing Unspeakable Secrets
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 243-258
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 259-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-294
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815653295
Related ISBN
9780815634027
MARC Record
OCLC
929784658
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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