Scheherazade's Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing

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August 2004



In a time when it seems that the gap of understanding between the West and the Middle East continues to widen, Scheherazade's Legacy builds a bridge between the two cultures. Collected here are the voices of those who define the genre of Arab Anglophone writing--that literature that describes the cultural experiences of those with Arab identities living, and often writing, in the West. Contributions from such writers as Naomi Shihab Nye, Diana Abu-Jaber, Suheir Hammad, Etal Adnan, Elmaz Abinader, and others, explore the complexities of writing in and for a culture not entirely their own. The essays here, complemented by selections, mostly original, of each author's work, promises to be a cornerstone in the study of writing by women writers of Arab descent who find themselves between two cultures, two worlds that are often at odds.


Foreword by Barbara Nimri Aziz; Introduction by Susan Muaddi Darraj; Identity - Poetry Is My Home Address by Mohja Kahf; Email to the Muse by Lisa Suhair Majaj; My Country, My Words: Reflections of My Life as a Writer by Nathalie Handal; Politics - The Itinerary of an Arab-American Writer by Etel Adnan; On Becoming a Writer by Ghada Karmi; Directing My Pen Inwards by Suheir Hammad; Inspiration - Doing What We Can by Naomi Shihab Nye; Coming to America by Dima Hilal; Memory - The Relentlessness of Memory by Elmaz Abinader; A Life of Stories by Diana Abu-Jaber; Language - The Coming Out of the Chameleon by Samia Serageldin; For My Mother Who Gave Me the Words, and My Father Who Gave Me the Sound by Marian Haddad; Contributors.


Susan Muaddi Darraj is a teacher and freelance writer. Her articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in various publications and anthologies including Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century and Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Feminism.


"Darraj has assembled a remarkable set of reflections on writing by women of Arab descent. Reflecting on their own experiences, the authors offer insight and inspiration across generations and cultures. The samplings of their poetry and prose side by side with their reflections invite students, scholars and general readers to a rich immersion in the emergent field of Arab and Arab-American women writers."-Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies University of California, Davis
EAN: 9780275981761
ISBN: 0275981762
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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