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Literature and Nation in the Middle East$
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Yasir Suleiman and Ibrahim Muhawi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620739

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620739.001.0001

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The Predicament of In-Betweenness in the Contemporary Lebanese Exilic Novel in English

The Predicament of In-Betweenness in the Contemporary Lebanese Exilic Novel in English

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(p.190) 10 The Predicament of In-Betweenness in the Contemporary Lebanese Exilic Novel in English
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Literature and Nation in the Middle East
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Syrine C. Hout

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620739.003.0011

This chapter focuses on two Anglophone novels: Rabih Alameddine's Koolaids: The Art of War (1998) and Tony Hanania's Unreal City (1999). The aim here is to analyse the post-war exilic sensibility conveyed by these two novels. The chapter raises and addresses the following questions: 1) How is nationalism redefined in the context of a civil war caused by the very absence of collective national identity and civic-mindedness?; 2) In such a fragmented nation, what constitutes home?; and 3) How is one's original home viewed from a geographical and temporal distance? The chapter argues that the novels are neither nationalist nor immigrant texts, but rather display the predicament of cultural and national in-betweeness.

Keywords:   Anglophone novels, Koolaids, Unreal City, Rabih Alameddine, Tony Hanania, nationalism, national in-betweeness, cultural in-betweeness

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