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The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual: Prophecy, Exile and the Nation

Zeina G. Halabi


The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual examines the figure of the intellectual as prophet, national icon, and exile in contemporary Arabic literature and film. Staging a comparative dialogue with writers and critics such as Elias Khoury, Edward Said, Jurji Zaidan, and Mahmoud Darwish, Halabi focuses on new articulations of loss, displacement, and memory in works by Rabee Jaber, Elia Suleiman, Rawi Hage, Rashid al-Daif, and Seba al-Herz. She argues that the ambivalence and disillusionment with the role of the intellectual in contemporary representations operate as a productive reclaiming of the ... More

Keywords: Exile, Arab Intellectuals, Nationalism, Contemporary Literature, Loss, Memory, Mahmoud Darwish, Elias Khoury, Elia Suleiman, Rabee Jaber

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474421393
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zeina G. Halabi, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill