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Palestinian Culture and the Nakba

Bearing Witness, 1st Edition

By Hania A.M. Nashef

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194 pages | 35 Color Illus. | 22 B/W Illus.

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Description

The Nakba not only resulted in the loss of the homeland, but also caused the dispersal and ruin of entire Palestinian communities. Even though the term Nakba refers to a singular historic event, the consequence of 1948 has symptomatically become part of Palestinian identity, and the element that demarcates who the Palestinian is. Palestinian exile and loss have evolved into cultural symbols that at once help define the person and allow the person to remember the loss. Although accounts of the Palestinians’ experience of the expulsion from the land are similar, the emblems that provoke these particular memories differ. Certain mementos, memories or objects help in commemorating the homeland.

This book looks at the icons, narratives and symbols that have become synonymous with Palestinian identity and culture and which have, in the absence of a homeland, become a source of memory. It discusses how these icons have come into being and how they have evolved into sites of power which help to keep the story and identity of the Palestinians alive. The book looks at examples from Palestinian caricature, film, literature, poetry and painting, to see how these works ignite memories of the homeland and help to reinforce the diasporic identity. It also argues that the creators of these narratives or emblems have themselves become cultural icons within the collective Palestinian recollection.

By introducing the Nakba as a lived experience, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, Cultural Studies, Literature and Media Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Hanthala: the immortal child 2. Nazareth: icon of a lost homeland in Elia Suleiman’s film trilogy 3. Mahmoud Darwish: the storyteller of Palestine 4. Ghassan Kanafani: the clock, the orange and what remains of the homeland 5. Ismael Shammout and Tamam al-Akhal: The Exodus and The Odyssey Conclusion

About the Author

Author

Hania A.M. Nashef

Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Hania A.M. Nashef is an associate professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

This series includes the latest research on a broad range of topics from the social sciences and humanities. It aims to provide a comprehensive forum for cutting edge monographs and edited volumes on this vital region and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT004220
LITERARY CRITICISM / Middle Eastern
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies