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Exile and Expatriation in Modern American and Palestinian Writing (Paperback)
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Exile and Expatriation in Modern American and Palestinian Writing (Paperback)

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Paperback 250 Pages / Published: 24/01/2019
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This book examines the distinction between literary expatriation and exile through a 'contrapuntal reading' of modern Palestinian and American writing. It argues that exile, in the Palestinian case especially, is a political catastrophe; it is banishment by a colonial power. It suggests that, unlike expatriation (a choice of a foreign land over one's own), exile is a political rather than an artistic concept and is forced rather than voluntary - while exile can be emancipatory, it is always an unwelcome loss. In addition to its historical dimension, exile also entails a different perception of return to expatriation. This book frames expatriates as quintessentially American, particularly intellectuals and artists seeking a space of creativity and social dissidence in the experience of living away from home. At the heart of both literary discourses, however, is a preoccupation with home, belonging, identity, language, mobility and homecoming.

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
ISBN: 9783030082482
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201

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