Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature by Elizabeth F. DahabVoices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature by Elizabeth F. Dahab

Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature

byElizabeth F. Dahab

Paperback | December 22, 2010

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Over the last four decades, the largest French-speaking state in North America, QuZbec, has nested more than a dozen vibrant modes of French expression created by members of the varied cultural communities that have settled there. Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature examines the works of several first-generation Canadian authors originating from Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and the Maghreb, who produced a trilingual literature that reflects the diversity of their cultural backgrounds. By casting a critical eye on the works of Saad Elkhadem, Naim Kattan, Abla Farhoud, Wajdi Mouawad, and HZdi Bouraoui, F. Elizabeth Dahab explores themes, styles, and structures that characterize the oeuvre of those authors. Dahab demonstrates that their mode is exile, and in so doing, she reveals the ways in which these writers seek to shape their art, using a host of innovative techniques that engage their renewed cultural identity.
F. Elizabeth Dahab is professor of comparative literature at California State University, Long Beach.
Title:Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.15 × 6.08 × 0.58 inPublished:December 22, 2010Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073911879X

ISBN - 13:9780739118795


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Odyssey of Québécois/Canadian Arabic Writers and Writing Chapter 2: Deprivation and Despair in Saad Elkhadem's Wings of Lead, The Plague, Trilogy of the Flying Egyptian, and One Night in Cairo Chapter 3: From Baghdad to Montréal via Paris: Naim Kattan and His Multiple Reality Chapter 4: Of Suffocated Minds and Tortured Hearts: The Universe of Abla Farhoud Chapter 5: Of Broken Promises and Mended Lives: The War-Torn World of Wajdi Mouawad Chapter 6: "Fragments and Enigmas": Hédi Bouraoui and La Femme d'entre les lignes Chapter 7 Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

Dahab's Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature is an absolute must read for anyone wanting either to conduct research or to teach a course on the long-neglected area of writers of Arab descent, particularly those living in exile in Canada. Her eminently readable approach to analyzing the works of Farhoud, Mouawad, Kattan, Bouraoui, and Elkhadem makes her contribution to the field of comparative literary studies and Canadian studies accessible to all. indeed, Dahab has achieved her goal of developing a framework for the canonization of the literature of Franco-Canadian writers of Arabic origin by carefully situating and including an Anglo-Canadian writer of Arabic origin into the mix.