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date: 16 July 2019

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This chapter examines what the author has qualified as three phases of Arab-Canadian literature produced in Canada in French and English: an early phase in the 1970s and 1980s; a second, circa the late 1980s to the mid- to late 1990s; and a third, from the late 1990s and the new millennium. The first phase can broadly be qualified by nostalgia, reconstruction, and longing; the second by remembrance of trauma/war, witness-bearing, and, at times, reconciliation with the past; and the third by transcendence, resolution, opposition, or self-marginalization. The chapter illustrates an unfolding tradition, stretching from works by Naim Kattan and Saad Elkhadem in the 1970s, through the 1980s, with Marwan Hassan’s first English novels, to works by Mona Latif-Ghattas, Andrée Dahan, Abla Farhoud, and Wajdi Mouawad, all the way to Rawi Hage’s contributions in the new millennium.

Keywords: Arab-Canadian literature, French, English, Rawi Hage, Abla Farhoud, Wajdi Mouawad, Andrée Dahan, Marwan Hassan

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