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Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in by Hanadi Al-Samman

By Hanadi Al-Samman

Far from supplying one other learn that bemoans Arab women’s repression and veiling, Anxiety of Erasure appears at Arab ladies writers residing within the diaspora who've translated their studies right into a effective and artistic strength. during this ebook, Al-Samman articulates the healing results of revisiting forgotten histories and of activating cultural tropes: that of the maw’udah (buried woman little one) and that of Shahrazad within the technique of progressive swap. She asks what it ability to boost a countrywide, gendered realization from diasporic locals whereas staying devoted to the homeland.
Al-Samman provides shut readings of the fiction of six trendy authors whose works span over part a century and outline the present prestige of Arab diaspora studies—Ghada al-Samman, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hamida al-Na‘na‘, Hoda Barakat, Samar Yazbek, and Salwa al-Neimi. Exploring the trips in time and house undertaken via those ladies, anxiousness of Erasure shines a gentle at the ways that writers stay individuals of their homelands’ highbrow lives, announcing either the worrying and the positive points of diaspora. the result's a nuanced Arab women’s poetic that celebrates rootlessness and rootedness, autonomy and belonging.

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