Anxiety of Erasure

"An important, alert voice of literary criticism on Arab women’s writing, with a scope that encompasses pre-modern not just contemporary work, and pays attention to roots and literary genealogy, giving it a depth that many who look only at modern Arab women’s writing don’t have, and her work matters to me, and to the research of my students."—Mohja Kahf, author of The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: A Novel

"Anxiety of Erasure marks a step forward in feminist critique of Arab women’s writings. In juxtaposing the traumas of wa’d, or pre-Islamic female infanticide, with the Lebanese Civil War, al-Samman has linked Arab women’s erasure, and especially fear of literary erasure, across time. Her close readings of these novels and short stories are original and perceptive, suggesting a novel approach to Arab women writers and diaspora as a cosmopolitan site of literary production."—miriam cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Duke University

"Al-Samman’s analysis is lucid and textually rich. . . . A vital contribution to the understudied field of Arab women’s narrative."—Mushin al-Musawi, professor of comparative and Arabic studies, Columbia University

Hanadi Al-Samman is associate professor of Arabic language and literature in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia.

Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women's Writings
Date Published: 
November, 2015
Syracuse University Press
Anxiety of Erasure