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Native Tongue, Stranger Talk
The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon

Michelle Hartman

Cloth $44.95s    |    978-0-8156-3356-3    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5269-4


"The book is a tour-de-force about the creative modalities by which the works under study mount resistances to the colonial language through textured languages, producing new forms of understanding the so-called and heatedly contested title of ‘Francophone novel’ outside of its normative colonial gaze."—Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World

"Native Tongue, Stanger Talk is the first comprehensive, critical study to move beyond seeing Franco-Libanais Arab writing as ‘politically suspect’ but as a dynamic relationship between the poetics and politics, or better politics of the poetics....Clearly written yet theoretically elegant and complex."—Stephen Sheehi, author of Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign against Muslims

"Hartman’s scholarship propels a cohort of writers into the world literature arena, where translation, globalization and travel are challenging traditional national and linguistic boundaries. The novels selected pose questions integral to Lebanon, forever evolving, and always defiant of neat linguistic, cultural and political categorizations. Native Tongue, Stranger Talk seals Hartman’s reputation as an undisputed authority on Lebanese francophone literature by expanding the discourse on the novel and on the nation."—Elise Salem, author of Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives

"Hartman’s scholarship propels a cohort of writers into the world literature arena, where translation, globalization and travel are challenging traditional national and linguistic boundaries. The novels selected pose questions integral to Lebanon, forever evolving, and always defiant of neat linguistic, cultural and political categorizations. Native Tongue, Stranger Talk seals Hartman’s reputation as an undisputed authority on Lebanese francophone literature by expanding the discourse on the novel and on the nation."—Elise Salem, author of Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives

  Native Tongue, Stranger Talk

  Michelle Hartman is associate professor of Arabic literature at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. She is the author of Jesus, Joseph and Job: Reading Rescriptings of Religious Figures in Lebanese Women’s Fiction.

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