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Subject/Keyword
cultural clash
Arab
Matar, Hisham
private and public space
privilege
Aboulela, Leila
Faqir, Fadia
Arab-anglophone
Said, Edward
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Moghrabi, Jihad
Supervisor and department
Slemon, Stephen (English and Film Studies)
Mersal, Iman (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Reyns-Chikuma, Christian (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Okome, Onookome (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization
English
Date accepted
2014-01-28T11:56:30Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis argues that recent Arab-anglophone literature can swell or shrink the private and public space which real-life Arabs inhabit in anglophone societies. Gendered and economic privileges change how Arab-anglophones tell stories, which changes, in turn, Arabs’ status in an- glophone readers’ imaginations. And, Arabs’ status in readers’ imaginations affects the spaces they have available for political action and thought. But, lack of privilege limits some Arab-an- glophone women - like Leila Aboulela and Fadia Faqir - to narrating cultural clash, which af- firms in the anglophone imagination that the West opposes Arabs. Still, through work on Edward Said’s memoir Out of Place and Hisham Matar’s novels In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance, this thesis also aims to show that privilege can be extended to Arabs without. Arab-anglophone storytellers can recover the privacy and public respect that Arabs require to be politically active in anglophone societies.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R34Q7R16F
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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