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Contemporary Arab-American LiteratureTransnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging$
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Carol Fadda-Conrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479826926

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479826926.001.0001

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Translocal Connections between the US and the Arab World

Translocal Connections between the US and the Arab World

(p.105) 3 Translocal Connections between the US and the Arab World
Contemporary Arab-American Literature

Carol Fadda-Conrey

NYU Press

This chapter delves deeper into the thematic diversity of transnational articulations to investigate how Arab-American rootedness in and production of transnational identities produce specific translocal spaces that alters peoples understanding of U.S. national, diasporic, and ethnic belonging. It analyzes the works of Patricia Sarrafian Ward, Haas Mroue, Rabih Alameddine, Etel Adnan, Edward Said, Laila Halaby, and Randa Jarrar. These writers' antinostalgic stances and critical perspectives, mostly but not solely reflecting a contemporary immigrant perspective, produce complicated constructs of homes and homelands that incorporate the stark effects of lingering war traumas and political tensions on current Arab-American identity formations. Specifically, the works examined highlight the need to ground a transnational framework in the specificity and uniqueness of particular place-based experiences that are primarily shaped within the Arab world and are then transported through immigration or exile into the multifarious U.S. landscape.

Keywords:   thematic diversity, transnational articulations, Arab-Americans, transnational identities, translocal spaces, ethnic belonging, immigrant perspective, Arab-American identity formations, immigration

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