This talk examines the configuration of discourses of Arabness in two comparative geopolitical contexts, discerning and juxtaposing the differences and ironies between the demise of narratives of Arabness in the Arab world and the proliferation of homogenizing discourses of Arabness in Europe and North America, where Muslim and Arab Americans are exposed firsthand to their devastating effects. The talk will discuss in particular the ways in which Arab and Arab American writers, artists and intellectuals have perseveringly sought to imagine and construct viable structures of cultural critique on the pyre of the political project of Arab nationalism and in growing response to the globalization and consolidation of neo-colonial and imperial ideologies in the Arab world.
The lecture was delivered by Prof. Nouri Gana at the University of California, Berkeley, on Apr. 11, 2013.
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