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Between Argentines And Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, And The Writing Of Identity (Suny Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)


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Publisher:State Univ of New York Pr, 2005



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Examines the presence of Arabs and the Arab world in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Argentine literature by juxtaposing works by Argentines of European descent and those written by Arab immigrants in Argentina.

Between Argentines and Arabs is a groundbreaking contribution to two growing fields: the study of immigrants and minorities in Latin America and the study of the Arab diaspora. As a literary and cultural study, this book examines the textual dialogue between Argentines of European descent and Arab immigrants to Argentina from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

Using methods drawn from literary analysis and cultural studies, Christina Civantos shows that the Arab presence is twofold: the Arab and the Orient are an imagined figure and space within the texts produced by Euro-Argentine intellectuals; and immigrants from the Arab world are an actual community, producing their own texts within the multiethnic Argentine nation. This book is both a literary historyof Argentine Orientalist literature and Arab-Argentine immigrant literatureand a critical analysis of how the formation of identities in these two bodies of work is interconnected.

&Civantos provides rich descriptions and sharp analyses of foundational and marginal texts in the Argentine literary canon & the significant and timely contributions of Civantos & put Latin Americans of Arab origins on the map.  International Journal of Middle East Studies

This book systematically studies the presence of Arabs in both the cultural imagery and the national space of Argentina, an area not previously explored in work on Argentine language and culture. Civantos brings theoretical sophistication to the topic.  Amy K. Kaminsky, author of After Exile: Writing the Latin American Diaspora

Civantos makes a huge and pioneering contribution in her reading of lesser-known texts by major writers, and in her studies of the large number of Arab-Argentine writers who have often slipped out of the Argentine literary canon. The list of writers Civantos has disinterred from the dust of literary history, many of them Arab-Argentine, is truly dazzling.  Nicolas Shumway, author of The Invention of Argentina

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