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Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles$
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Tahia Abdel Nasser

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420228

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420228.001.0001

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Revolutionary Solitude: Edward Said and Najla Said

Revolutionary Solitude: Edward Said and Najla Said

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(p.86) 4 Revolutionary Solitude: Edward Said and Najla Said
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Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles
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Tahia Abdel Nasser

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420228.003.0005

This chapter examines Arab Anglophone memoirs by focusing on Edward Said’s Out of Place: A Memoir (1999) and Najla Said’s Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family (2013). Out of Place traces Edward Said’s cultural and literary journey from Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt to his education in the US. Edward Said’s self-representation rests on the dichotomy of his solitude during his formation within a history of dispossession and his career. The chapter rethinks Out of Place through the burgeoning of the Palestinian national movement and Said’s lifework. The chapter also compares Edward Said’s youth in the Arab world and Najla Said’s Arab-American background, Said’s journey to the US and his daughter’s return to her roots, to arrive at a rethinking of the genre that migrates across languages and cultures.

Keywords:   Edward Said, memoir, Palestine, Anglophone memoirs

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