Post-Orientalism and Contemporary American Novels
This book provides a scientific and academic contribution to the scholarly exploration of the complex relationship between the East and the West in American literature. The study focuses on four novels (Mornings in Jenin, Falling Man, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Riyah Al-Janna (The Wind of Paradise)) to discuss how the literature reflects on Middle Eastern themes in relation to the situations and conditions of the New East. It treats the Orient as a moving body and takes Edward Said’s Orientalism into account, also showing Post-Orientalism or the New East as a literary phenomenon in the 21st century, specializing in politics, militarism, and post-colonial ideology. The book explains and divides the Middle East into two parts: the Arab-Islamic Middle East and the non-Arab-Islamic Middle East. It highlights the similarities and differences between these two parts as depicted in various novels, presenting the East as a land of desolation and destruction due to the political, regional, and religious changes that have shaken it.
Dr Mousa Abu Haserah completed his master’s degree and his PhD in American studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English language, literature, journalism, and mass communication at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He is a researcher and specialist on the complex relationship between the East and the West (i.e., Orientalism), and he focuses on the perception of extremist Islamic groups (e.g., Salafi jihadism) and the depiction of extremism in literature. He is a sworn-in interpreter and translator authorized by the President of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz for the English, German and Arabic languages in court matters in Germany.
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