The Holy Land in Transit
Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan
By (author) Steven Salaita
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Holy Land in Transit by Steven Salaita
Book DescriptionSteven Salaita's ambitious and thought-provoking work compares the dynamics of settler colonialism in the United States related to Native Americans with the circumstances in Israel related to the Palestinians, revealing the way in which politics influences literary production. The author's original approach is based not on similarities between the two disparate settler regions but rather on similarities between the rhetoric employed by early colonialists in North America and that employed by Zionist immigrants in Palestine. Meticulously examining histories, theories, and literary depictions of colonialism and interethnic dialects, Salaita identifies the commonalities in the myths employed by both groups as well as the "counter-discourse" cultivated in the literature of resistance by native peoples. He complements his analysis with personal observations of Palestinians in Lebanese refuge camps, where he encountered a sympathetic perception of American Indians. "The Holy Land in Transit" presents one of the first intercommunal studies to assess the ways in which indigenous authors react to analogous colonial dynamics. With great energy and perception the author offers a fresh contribution to an emerging frame of reference for historical, political, literary, and cultural investigation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815631095
(232mm x 150mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven Salaita
Uncivil Rites, Hardback (December 2015)
Salaita s controversial firing by the University of Illinois provoked a national conversation about academic freedom and the question of Palestine."
Modern Arab American Fiction, Paperback (April 2011)
An overview of Arab-American fiction as it has developed over the past twenty years
Uncultured Wars, Paperback (November 2008)» View all books by Steven Salaita
An indictment of American liberal-left discourse, showing how racism exists in places where we would least expect it.
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Author Biography - Steven Salaita
Steven Salaita is assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Anti-Arab Racism in the U.S.A. and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures and Politics.
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