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Ahmad Rasmi Qabaha. Exile and Expatriation in Modern American and Palestinian Writing. Springer International Publishing, 2018.

Ahmad Rasmi Qabaha

Exile and Expatriation in Modern American and Palestinian Writing

  • Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • 2018
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  • ISBN 9783319914145

This book examines the distinction between literary expatriation and exile through a 'contrapuntal reading' of modern Palestinian and American writing. It argues that exile, in the Palestinian case especially, is a political catastrophe; it is banishment by a colonial power. It suggests that, unlike expatriation (a choice of a foreign land over one¿s own), exile is a political rather than an artistic concept and is forced rather than voluntary ¿ while exile can be emancipatory, it is always an unwelcome loss. In addition to its historical dimension, exile also entails a different perception of return to expatriation. This book frames expatriates as quintessentially American, particularly intellectuals and

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artists seeking a space of creativity and social dissidence in the experience of living away from home. At the heart of both literary discourses, however, is a preoccupation with home, belonging, identity, language, mobility and homecoming.

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