9780813025964

Constructing Lebanon

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813025964

  • ISBN10:

    0813025966

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida

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Summary

Through an examination of Lebanese literary narratives and musical theater, Constructing Lebanon offers a vehicle for understanding Lebanon's cultural and political evolution as a nation over the last century. It redresses the lack of scholarship on the symbiotic relationship between nation and culture, especially in Arab studies, by presenting both descriptive and prescriptive models of how a nation can be "read" through literary productions. Elise Salem provides valuable close readings of many Lebanese literary texts written in Arabic, including lesser-known fiction, popular culture narratives, and plays written and produced during the Lebanese civil war and postwar period. Using this framework, Salem examines the construction of nationalist mythology in Lebanon and illustrates how nationalist and regional politics influence cultural productions. Rereading Gibran Khalil Gibran, for example, with the idea of nation in mind reveals that his works are replete with formative ideas on Lebanese identity. Besides analyzing an extensive body of literature from the 20

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Note on Transliteration xii
Nation and Culture: An Introduction 1(12)
Part I. Constituting Lebanon
Nation Formation
13(31)
Contest of Ideologies
44(27)
Development and Dissent
71(28)
Part II. Unraveling Lebanon
Disintegration
99(36)
Living with War
135(42)
Part III. Reconstructing Lebanon
Reworking the Past
177(32)
The Elusive Present
209(30)
Afterword 239(12)
Notes 251(16)
Bibliography 267(16)
Index 283

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