Who Defines Me: Negotiating Identity in Language and Literature

Who Defines Me: Negotiating Identity in Language and Literature


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ISBN-13: 9781443859684
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Yasser Fouad Selim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, at Sohag University, Egypt. He is currently seconded to serve as Assistant Professor of English Literature and Chair of the Department of English at Al Buraimi University College, Oman. Dr. Selim received his PhD from Sohag University, Egypt, in joint supervision with the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, between 2005 and 2007. Dr. Selim's research interests include the interaction, clashes, and dialogue between Western and Eastern cultures, and the formation of identity within the contexts of politics, racialization, and ethnicization in America. He has authored various articles published in several refereed journals and books, including a chapter in Positioning the New: Chinese American Literature and the Changing Image of the American Literary Canon.Eid Mohamed is a Research Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada. He also serves as an Assistant Professor at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, where he is currently on leave. Dr. Mohamed received his doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University, where he specialized in Middle Eastern studies, modern Arab history and culture, and US-Middle East encounters. In 2011, Dr. Mohamed was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the State University of New York in Binghamton, and, in 2012, he was a Visiting Joint Fellow at Brookings Doha Center and Qatar University. Dr. Mohamed's research interests are centered on the significant interplay between religion, pop culture, and politics, and the role they play in shaping the complex relations between America and the nations and peoples of the Middle East.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

Preface Yasser Fouad Selim Eid Mohamed ix

Introduction Kevin Lacey 1

Chapter 1 Arab American Muslim Women and the Experience of Being "Irregular" in Muhja Kahf's Email from Scheherazacl Doaa Abdelhafez Hamada 3

Chapter 2 The Making of Identity in Arab American Stand-Up Comedy Yasser Fouad Selim 19

Chapter 3 Identity Politics of Color, Nation and Land in the Literature of Nubian Egyptians, with Special Reference to Muhammad Khalil Qasim's Al-shamandoura Naglaa F. Mahmoud Hussein 33

Chapter 4 "Either I am Nobody or I am a Nation": Walcott's Version of Creolization Doris Hamhuch 49

Chapter 5 Constructing Afro-Caribbean Identity through Memory and Language in Grace Nichol's / is a Long Memoried Woman Emira Derbel 63

Chapter 6 A Postcolonial Reading of the Identity Construction in Flannery O'Conner's "The Artificial Nigger" Xue Yufeng 77

Chapter 7 African Americans and the Great Migration: A Dream Deferred and the Rise of the New Negro Yamen Dridi 87

Chapter 8 The Cultural Diversity of the New American Studies: A Commentary on Bread Givers Eid Mohamed 107

Chapter 9 Language and Identity: Place Names and Ethnic Identity in the Hilali Epic Bahaa-Eddin Hassan 123

Chapter 10 Foreign Labor in the Arab Gulf and its Impact on Language, Culture and Identity: Oman as a Case Study Shaker Ali Al-Mohamadi 137

Contributors 153

Index 157

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