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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture$
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Valerie Anishchenkova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643400

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643400.001.0001

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Mapping Autobiographical Subjectivity in the Age of Multiculturalism

Mapping Autobiographical Subjectivity in the Age of Multiculturalism

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Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture

Valerie Anishchenkova

Edinburgh University Press

Given the accelerated globalization and a number of critical geopolitical events, including wars, revolutions and regime changes, that took place in the Arab world in the last 50 years, it is no surprise that the body of Arabic autobiographical production informed by displacement and exile continues to grow. This chapter treats a selection of autobiographical writings where the subject’s interaction with multiple cultural contexts and languages generates borderline identities that are culturally hybrid. The three primary texts selected for analysis demonstrate different forms of symbolic and physical border-crossing: Sumayyah Ramadan’s Leaves of Narcissus (2001), Batul al-Khudayri’s A Sky So Close (1999), and Ihab Hassan’s Out of Egypt (1986).

Keywords:   Multiculturalism, Multilingualism, Border identity, Exile, Displacement, Sumayyah Ramadan (Somaya Ramadan), Batul al-Khudayri (Betool Khedairi), Ihab Hassan, Autobiography

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