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Anxiety of Erasure
Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings

Hanadi Al-Samman

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3402-7    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5329-5

"Anxiety of Erasure is thus the kind of book we need today—both because we need more studies that focus on women’s texts and struggles and also because these must be linked together in order to actualize the political possibilities of literature and how we read it."—Review of Middle East Studies

"A groundbreaking monograph on Arab fiction by women, intertwining issues of gender, trauma, politics, and war."—International Journal of Middle East Studies

"An important reading of contemporary Arab women writers in the diaspora, including Europe and the Americas, over the past half-century, contributing to the fields of Arabic literature, gender studies, and diaspora studies."—Journal of Arabic Literature

"An important, alert voice of literary criticism on Arab women’s writing, with a scope that encompasses pre-modern not just contemporary work, and pays attention to roots and literary genealogy, giving it a depth that many who look only at modern Arab women’s writing don’t have, and her work matters to me, and to the research of my students."—Mohja Kahf, author of The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: A Novel

"Anxiety of Erasure marks a step forward in feminist critique of Arab women’s writings. In juxtaposing the traumas of wa’d, or pre-Islamic female infanticide, with the Lebanese Civil War, al-Samman has linked Arab women’s erasure, and especially fear of literary erasure, across time. Her close readings of these novels and short stories are original and perceptive, suggesting a novel approach to Arab women writers and diaspora as a cosmopolitan site of literary production."—miriam cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Duke University

"Al-Samman’s analysis is lucid and textually rich. . . . A vital contribution to the understudied field of Arab women’s narrative."—Muhsin al-Musawi, professor of comparative and Arabic studies,Columbia University

  Anxiety of Erasure

  Hanadi Al-Samman is associate professor of Arabic language and literature in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia.

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