The Mosaics of National Identity in the Arab American Diaspora: Exploring Long-Distance Nationalism in Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent

Ishak Berrebbah

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    Abstract

    Carol Fadda-Conrey (2014) points out that Arab American literature emerged remarkably in the early years of the 21st century, accompanying various political events and turmoil in either the USA or the Arab world, particularly the Middle East. One of the key aspects of this ethnic literature is the manifestation of the Arab national identity and the call for unity and solidarity among kin Arab communities, whether locally or across borders. This paper, as such, by taking Diana Abu-Jaber's novel Crescent (2003) as an example of the Arab American fiction produced in the contemporary era, examines the components of nationalism as expressed from afar - long-distance nationalism. This type of national propensity has received little attention in contemporary literary studies. In addition to using critical and analytical approaches to the novel, this paper basically relies on a socioconceptual framework based on the perspectives of prominent theorists and critics, such as Carol Fadda-Conrey, Nina Glick Shiller, Gabriella Elgenius, and Tololyan Khachig, to name a few.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-209
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Nationalism Memory and Language Politics
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    Early online date13 May 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

    Bibliographical note

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    © 2021 Ishak Berrebbah, published by Sciendo 2021.

    Keywords

    • Arab American
    • Crescent
    • Diana Abu-Jaber
    • diaspora
    • identity
    • long-distance nationalism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Linguistics and Language

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