Debunking the Myths of Colonization: The Arabs and Europe

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University Press of America, Apr 13, 2010 - Social Science - 316 pages
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Debunking the Myths of Colonization. examines Salman Rushdie's thesis on the paradoxical nature of colonialism and its horrific impact on the psyche of the colonized. It probes Frantz Fanon's theories concerning the relationship between colonizers and colonized, and attempts to apply these theories to modern Arabic literature. Like Rushdi and Fanon, many Arab writers have embarked on a journey to the metropolis of their ex-colonial masters. Due to their encounter with English or French culture, they have written memoirs, poems, or fictions in which they have represented themselves and the 'other.' Their representations differ markedly according to their own make up as human beings, their class, education, experiences, and gender. Yet what brings them together is their love-hate relationship with the ex-colonizer. In the case of the Palestinian writers, however, there is only bitterness and bewilderment at Israel as a colonizing power in the 21st century and its Jewish citizens, who were once victims in Europe but now have turned into victimizers.

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Violent Arrival and Departure Western Intruders Wreak Havoc on the WorldA Theoretical Overview
Chapter 2 The Encounter between the Colonized and the Colonizer
Fadwa Tuqans Sojourn in England in the Early Sixties
Taha Husayn and France
A Perplexed Egyptian Intellectual in Paris
Yahya Haqqi and Imperial Britain
Mustafa Saeed a Fictitious Sudanese Intellectual Journeys to England the Depth of Hell
A Queen or a Slave? The Vision of Ghassan Kanafani and Emile Habibi of the City of Haifa
Chapter 10 Is Friendship Possible between the Colonizer and the Colonized? A Comparative Assessment
Fractured Identities The Perilous Journey to SelfRecovery
Brief Chronology of Palestinian History from 1914 till January 2009
Brief Chronology of Egyptian History from 1869 To 1973
Brief Chronology Of Sudan History From 1820 To 2006
Selected Bibliography
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Samar Attar has taught English, Arabic, and comparative literature in the USA, Canada, Algeria, Germany, Australia, and Turkey. She has published extensively in both English and Arabic in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, migration, and gender studies.