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The Predicament of In-Betweenness in the Contemporary Lebanese Exilic Novel in English

Syrine C. Hout

in Literature and Nation in the Middle East

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620739
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653102 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620739.003.0011
The Predicament of In-Betweenness in the Contemporary Lebanese Exilic Novel in English

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This chapter focuses on two Anglophone novels: Rabih Alameddine's Koolaids: The Art of War (1998) and Tony Hanania's Unreal City (1999). The aim here is to analyse the post-war exilic sensibility conveyed by these two novels. The chapter raises and addresses the following questions: 1) How is nationalism redefined in the context of a civil war caused by the very absence of collective national identity and civic-mindedness?; 2) In such a fragmented nation, what constitutes home?; and 3) How is one's original home viewed from a geographical and temporal distance? The chapter argues that the novels are neither nationalist nor immigrant texts, but rather display the predicament of cultural and national in-betweeness.

Keywords: Anglophone novels; Koolaids; Unreal City; Rabih Alameddine; Tony Hanania; nationalism; national in-betweeness; cultural in-betweeness

Chapter.  8442 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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