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Anxiety of erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women's Writings - Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East (Paperback)
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Anxiety of erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women's Writings - Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 30/08/2019
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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 six 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.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815636625
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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A groundbreaking monograph on Arab fiction by women, intertwining issues of gender, trauma, politics, and war.--International Journal of Middle East Studies
Anxiety of Erasure marks a step forward in feminist critique of Arab women's writings. In juxtaposing the traumas of wa'd, or pre-Islamic female infanticide, with the Lebanese Civil War, al-Samman has linked Arab women's erasure, and especially fear of literary erasure, across time. Her close readings of these novels and short stories are original and perceptive, suggesting a novel approach to Arab women writers and diaspora as a cosmopolitan site of literary production.--miriam cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Duke University

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