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  • Dehegemonizing the Canon of American Literature for Arab
  • Published at:An-Najah Journal of Humanities, Volume 24, Issue 9, 2010. Pages 2437-2456


    The sociopolitical realities in the Arab World and their relationship

    with the United States require that Arab professors of American literature

    at Arab Universities revise their syllabi and textbooks so that they do not

    serve the American hegemony on the Arab World. The researcher calls

    for preparing an anthology of American literature that responds to the

    national aspirations of Arab students without compromising quality or

    the inclusiveness of the American canon. The anthology that the

    researcher envisions is that which would include the giants of American

    literature along with a significant representation of ethnicity and gender;

    it would introduce American literature to students in an authentic and

    critical manner that revises the standing canon in favor of reconstructing

    a canon that is more relevant to Arab students in Arab universities and

    that prepares them to be citizens of the world.



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Nabil M. Alawi
19th Century American Literature
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