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Post-humanizing Arabs: Case of Diana Abujber’s Arabian Jazz (2003) and Fadia Faqir’s My Name is Salma (2007) and Willow Trees Don’t Weep (2014)

Version 1 : Received: 10 July 2016 / Approved: 11 July 2016 / Online: 11 July 2016 (10:41:37 CEST)

How to cite: Sarnou, D. Post-humanizing Arabs: Case of Diana Abujber’s Arabian Jazz (2003) and Fadia Faqir’s My Name is Salma (2007) and Willow Trees Don’t Weep (2014). Preprints 2016, 2016070020 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201607.0020.v1). Sarnou, D. Post-humanizing Arabs: Case of Diana Abujber’s Arabian Jazz (2003) and Fadia Faqir’s My Name is Salma (2007) and Willow Trees Don’t Weep (2014). Preprints 2016, 2016070020 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201607.0020.v1).

Abstract

The present paper offers a reading of three selected novels by two Anglophone Arab writers Diana Abujaber and Fadia Faqir. Our reading is fundamentally based on a philosophical post-humanist perception of other ethnic minorities as being inferior and un-human. In interpreting the three novels, Arabian Jazz (2003), My Name is Salma (2007) and Willow Trees Don’t Weep (2014), a main concern is to bring to light how Arabs –and Muslims –have been zombified and de-humanized in Western mainstream media and culture based on a biased stigmatization and stereotyping of a large heterogeneous ethnic group wherein religions, traditions, languages and cultures are diverse. Also, a pivotal preoccupation is going to be the exiling journey of the protagonists from their homelands to Western countries, and how these journeys contribute to the post-humanization of the self, the identity and the culture of Arab displaced immigrants.

Subject Areas

posthuman; deterriteriolization; diaspora; home; Arab women; Arab Anglophone

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