A Thousand and One Voices: Re-reading Scheherazade in Contemporary Arab-American Fiction

Gláucia Renate Gonçalves, Cláudio Braga



In the wake of multiculturalism, the canon began to make room for the literary production of several groups of immigrants. Arab-American writers, however, remained marginal. Based on the notion of diaspora and its implications, this paper intends to investigate the literary production by Arab immigrants and their descendants in the United States with a view to discussing, in particular, the representation of gender. Through a brief discussion of a few contemporary works, we intend to show that Arab-American writers operate a kind of de-essentialization, that is, their works offer gender representations that virtually oppose disseminated stereotypes of Arab peoples. It is our contention that the figure of Scheherazade is revised so as to create alternatives for characters who wish to claim new roles for themselves without giving up their diasporic belonging.


Arab-American Fiction; Diaspora; Scheherazade

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2014n67p79

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