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Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

Syrine Hout

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780748643424
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676569 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643424.001.0001
Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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This study examines the phenomenon of the post-civil war Anglophone Lebanese fictional narrative by exploring the permutations of ‘homeness’ – the different spaces (homeland, host country, geographical in-betweenness), mental states and ideals – and how all of these interact. It also demonstrates how a collection of stylistically diverse texts characterise a new cultural trend: the founding of a fully fledged variant of foreign-language Lebanese transnational literature in the diaspora. The eleven texts, many of which have reaped international awards, are by Rabih Alameddine, Rawi Hage, Tony Hanania, Patricia Sarrafian Ward, Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, and Nada Awar Jarrar. These authors experienced segments of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990) as children and adolescents, as well as uprootedness later on. In their fictions, they reflect on what it means to be Lebanese, both in the post-war period and in an increasingly globalised world. No single definition of home materialises; instead personal and national identities are questioned and an array of possibilities for feeling at home are presented, and are reformulated, as their characters move from childhood to adulthood, from peace to war, and in most instances, from Lebanon to elsewhere, and sometimes from elsewhere back to Lebanon in various scenarios.

Keywords: Lebanese Civil War; post-war Anglophone Lebanese fiction; transnational literature; diaspora; homeness; identity

Book.  224 pages. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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<i>Koolaids</i> and <i>Unreal City</i> in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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<i>The Perv</i> and <i>Somewhere, Home</i> in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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De Nior's Game in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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<i>Cockroach</i> and <i>A Good Land</i> in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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Afterword in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

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