The Poetics of Contemporary Narratives in the Arabic Diaspora presents a captivating exploration of the rich tapestry of Middle Eastern diasporic literature, spanning the landscapes of Canada and France. With eloquent prose, the author guides readers on an enthralling journey through the intricate interplay of themes, styles, tropes, and sociohistorical contexts. This monograph breathes life into an array of mesmerizing texts authored by luminaries including Wajdi Mouawad, Khaled Osman, Rawi Hage, Denis Villeneuve, and Soha Béchara whose literary roots span Lebanon and Switzerland. Through meticulous analysis and thoughtful reflection, this work unveils the profound resonance of these writers' voices across borders and cultures.
F. Elizabeth Dahab is professor of comparative literature in the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at California State University, Long Beach.
Chapter One: Towards a Bilingual Literary Historiography: Exilic Arab Writers in Canada
Chapter Two: Poetics of Resistance: Soha Béchara, Her Memoirs, and her Legacy in Mouawad’s and Villeneuve’s Incendies
Chapter Three: Cockroach Blues: Introjection and Self-Marginalization in Rawi Hage’s Cockroach (2008)
Chapter Four: “Borders and Their Violent Winds:” Living on the Brink in Rawi Hage’s Carnival
Chapter Five: Poetics of Amnesia in Le Caire à Corps perdu and an Interview with Khaled Osman
About the Author
F. Elizabeth Dahab's new study is an inviting exploration of literary, performative, and cinematic works produced in the Arab Canadian context over the past half-century. Covering oeuvres in multiple languages (English, French, and Arabic), genres, and continents, the author delineates a poetics of displacement, ranging from nostalgia for the homeland, passing through testimonies of various Middle Eastern wars, to transcultural critiques of capitalism and global politics. An instructive tome for anyone interested in diaspora and migration studies.