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Title: Šibh al-ǧazīra al-ʻarabiyya di Salwā al-Naʻīmī : Per una nuova identità araba
Authors: Censi, Martina
Keywords: Arabistica
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Venezia : edizioni Ca' Foscari
Abstract: In her latest novel, Šibh al-ǧazīra al-ʻarabiyya (2012), Salwā al-Naʻīmī narrates the experience of exile of a Syrian woman who lives in France. Through the protagonist’s first-person account, the author questions the meaning of nation, membership to a collective and identity for an Arab woman settled in France. The main character embodies the exiled subject – or the ‘nomadic subject’ (Braidotti 2002) – who severs her ties with family, nation, Ba‘t’s party and religion. Her painful process of liberation leads her to a global re-signification of the notion of Arab identity. The protagonist succeeds to release the meaning of Arab identity from the idea of normative member-ship to a collective. al-Naʻīmī's choice to narrate the experience of exile in Arabic helps to restore a link between the individual and the community, here identified with the community of speakers.
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