By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this publication examines a vast variety of recent Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how a variety of socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the USA a number of fictions approximately Arabs and Islam movement often in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to spotlight the differences inscribed within the Arab American group that render it extra advanced than typically is said in public dialogue, an activity undertaken via critique of a cross-section of recent 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 publication of Arab American literary feedback and provides reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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5 Arab Americans, therefore, were predestined for alterity in the United States. We also have no real ability to mitigate the alterity we inherited, because “the new niggers” is merely a rhetorical truism until the “old niggers” finally transcend their inferior status in the imagination of the majoritarian elite. It is thus unwise to say in good faith that Arab Americans are America’s new niggers, even if the intention primarily is descriptive rather than philosophical. More intellectual possibilities might be achieved by exploring Arab Americans as America’s original sand niggers, for such an identification speaks to immoral naming as a rhetorical metonym for racism as well as to the morals of commonsense in the post-9/11 United States.
At other times it has allowed Whites to encroach on the same academic territory that ethnic minorities worked so tirelessly to create. In other ways, though, multiculturalism has been extraordinarily useful— in creating alternatives to Eurocentric scholarly paradigms, for example, or in offering sophisticated challenges to the probity of retaining the Western literary canon. Lee’s argument, then, highlights a few concerns that will likely remain critical to proponents of an Arab American Studies: how to invent a position for the articulation of Arab American voices that does not simultaneously hinder their proliferation; how to achieve a dynamic intellectual and pedagogical environment without adopting multicultural delusion; how to encourage scholars of this area study to assist the Arab American community in reality rather than in their imaginations (in which case their imaginations might induce the exquisite myth that scholarship leads to material empowerment for people other than the scholars).
We have, as a result of this argument, much to contemplate. In this chapter, I will elaborate on Stubbs’s propositions and situate them in a framework in which some of the concerns of literary theory can be employed in the service of humanistic analysis. 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?
Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics by S. Salaita