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Post-9/11 Representations of Arab Men by Arab American Women Writers

Affirmation and Resistance


Marta Bosch-Vilarrubias

Post-9/11 Representations of Arab Men by Arab American Women Writers: Affirmation and Resistance examines the portrayals of Arab masculinities in novels published after September 11, 2001, by women of Arab descent in the United States. The book provides a historical account of the mainstream representations of Arab masculinities in the United States, using them as a contrast to the realities experienced by Arab men in the American diaspora. Considering the construction of male and female Arab American identities, this book illustrates the role of feminism in Arab American literature written by women and its influence on women’s depictions of Arab men. Through an analysis of representative works by Diana Abu-Jaber, Laila Halaby, and Randa Jarrar, among others, this volume demonstrates how Arab American women’s anti-racist and anti-sexist struggles inform their nuanced portrayals of Arab men. This book will be essential for professors and students of ethnic American literatures in general and Arab American studies in particular, as well as for those interested in women’s studies and masculinity studies.
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This book would not have been written without the companionship, inspiration, and support of many people.

I dedicate this study to my late grandfather, Francesc, or Frank, as he would put it, a self-taught historian, the first person in my family to publish a book. He was a source of inspiration and I will forever be indebted to him for his unwavering belief in me. I am also particularly grateful to my parents, for their love and support throughout the long process of writing this book.

To my significant other, Aaron, for his unflinching love, affection, and his invaluable readings of my work. And also to his family, for adding an American perspective to my writing process.

My most sincere thanks go also to Dr. Àngels Carabí, without whom my research would not have culminated in this volume. Thank you for believing in me and my research project from the beginning. The learning experience resultant from being part of the research projects Àngels has directed has been inestimable in my career.

Since this book is a revised version of my PhD thesis, I am mostly grateful also to both of my PhD supervisors, Dr. Àngels Carabí and Dr. Josep M. Armengol, for their useful insights into my work. Their belief in my project and their encouragement have been invaluable in the completion of this study. ← ix | x →

Also, to those and every one of the teachers, colleagues, and...

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