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Author Sawires-Masseli, Marie-Christin, author.

Title Arab American novels post-9/11 : classical storytelling motifs against outsidership / Marie-Christin Sawires-Masseli.

Publication Info. Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018.

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 301 pages)
Series American Studies - A Monograph Series ; v. 293
American studies (Munich, Germany) ; v. 293. 0178-1987
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-301).
Contents Cover -- Titel -- Imprint -- Acknowledgments -- Contents -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Storytelling in Rabih Alameddine's "The Hakawati" -- 2.1 Summary of the novel -- 2.2 Metafictional Comments on Storytelling -- 2.3 Religion and good vs. evil in the different narrative strands -- 2.3.1 King Kade, the army of light, and their fight against color -- 2.3.2 Afreet-Jehanam's story on hell and paradise -- 2.3.3 The prophet Shams and the color tyranny -- 2.3.4 A holy birth and the cult -- 2.3.5 Religious references in the Baybars story -- 2.3.6 Religious charades in Osama's family -- 2.3.7 Conclusive remarks on religion and storytelling -- 2.4 Homosexuality in the different narrative strands -- 2.4.1 Homosexuality in the frame narrative -- 2.4.2 Homosexuality in the Fatima strand -- 2.5 Women doubles in the different narrative strands -- 2.6 Recurring motifs and entwined narrative strands -- 2.7 Music as a core expression of cultural identity -- 2.8 Conclusion to "The Hakawati" -- 3 Storytelling in Diana Abu-Jaber's "Crescent" -- 3.1 A short summary of the novel's plot -- 3.2 Storytelling principles, the fable and its implications -- 3.2.1 Summary of the fable -- 3.2.2 Shifting identities and misleading assumptions in the fable -- 3.2.3 Arabness in the fable -- 3.2.4 The fable's purpose and implications for the novel as a whole -- 3.2.5 Han and Abdelrahman as alter egos -- 3.2.6 Other interfaces between frame narrative and fable -- 3.3 Arab Women in "Crescent" -- 3.4 Religion in "Crescent" -- 3.5 Immigrants in America -- outsidership or integration? -- 3.5.1 Arabs in the United States -- 3.5.2 Arab Americans and other immigrant groups in "Crescent" -- 3.6 The Image of America in "Crescent" -- 3.7 Conclusion to "Crescent" -- 4 Storytelling in Laila Halaby's "Once in A Promised Land" -- 4.1 Summary of the novel.
4.2 Storytelling principles in the novel's frame -- 4.2.1 The frame's first part: "Before" -- 4.2.2 The frame's second part: "After" -- 4.3 The fairy tale of Nus Nsays -- 4.4 American and Arab culture in the main narrative -- 4.4.1 The portrait of America -- 4.4.2 The image of Arabs in "Once in a Promised Land" -- 4.4.3 Outsiders in America -- the end of the American Dream -- 4.5 Conclusion to Once In A Promised Land -- 5 Storytelling in Alia Yunis' "The Night Counter" -- 5.1 Summary of the novel -- 5.2 Scheherazade as motif and structuring element -- 5.3 Metafictional comments on storytelling -- 5.4 The function of humor in "The Night Counter" -- 5.4.1 Humor and fate -- 5.4.2 Humor and religion -- 5.5 Women in The Night Counter -- 5.6 Arabs and America in The Night Counter: the established and the outsiders -- 5.6.1 The Abdullah family as outsiders in the USA: double-consciousness and assimilation -- 5.6.1.1 Nadia: ascension and group cohesion -- 5.6.1.2 Bassam: self-loathing and anomic condition -- 5.6.1.3 Randa: assimilation to annihilation -- 5.6.2 September 11 and its repercussions -- 5.6.2.1 September 11 and its effect on Arab outsiders -- 5.6.2.2 September 11 and the established's reactions -- 5.6.3 Different outsider groups and identity in "The Night Counter" -- 5.7 Conclusion to "The Night Counter" -- 6. Arab American storytelling after 9/11: entering public discourse -- Works Cited -- Backcover.
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject American fiction -- Arab American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Influence.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Literary criticism.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Other Form: Print version: Sawires-Masseli, Marie-Christin. Arab American novels post-9/11. Heidelberg : Universitätsverlag Winter, [2018] 9783825369217 (OCoLC)1057694458
ISBN 3825378284
3825369218
9783825369217
9783825378288 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9783825369217