Native Tongue, Stranger Talk: The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon - Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms (Hardback)
  • Native Tongue, Stranger Talk: The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon - Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms (Hardback)

Native Tongue, Stranger Talk: The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon - Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/07/2014
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Can a reality lived in Arabic be expressed in French? Can a French-language literary work speak Arabic? In Native Tongue, Stranger Talk Hartman shows how Lebanese women authors use spoken Arabic to disrupt literary French, with sometimes surprising results. Challenging the common claim that these writers express a Francophile or "colonized" consciousness, this book demonstrates how Lebanese women writers actively question the political and cultural meaning of writing in French in Lebanon.

Hartman argues that their innovative language inscribes messages about society into their novels by disrupting class-status hierarchies, narrow ethno-religious identities, and rigid gender roles. Because the languages of these texts reflect the crucial issues of their times, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk guides the reader through three key periods of Lebanese history: the French Mandate and Early Independence, the Civil War, and the postwar period. Three novels are discussed in each time period, exposing the contours of how the authors "write Arabic in French" to invent new literary languages.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815633563

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