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Precarious Borders: The Nation-State and Arab Diaspora Literature

Par Jumana Bayeh : Senior Lecturer - Macquarie University
Publié par Marion Coste le 30/01/2020
In this talk, Jumana Bayeh (Macquarie University, Sydney), author of ((The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora: Representations of Place and Transnational Identity)) (2014) outlines her latest project which proposes to trace the representation of borders and the nation-state across a century of Arab writing in English.

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Introduction 00:11
  • Interdisciplinary framework of the project
09:16
  • Analyzing the border
13:40
  • Innovations of the project
16:00
1. Key thematic theories 21:23
  • The nation-state and History
22:13
  • Border security and national identity
23:24
  • Transcending the nation-state
24:37
  • The nation-state, gender and sexuality
26:49
2. Conceptual framework and methodology of the project 28:55
  • Peter Burke's approach to cultural history
29:06
  • Postcolonial and diaspora studies 
30:54
3. Gathering materials 32:49
  • Primary data: collection and classification
33:02
  • Archival and secondary material research
35:00
  • Contextualized analysis and publications
43:34
Conclusion 45:39

Further analysis

  •  Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities (1983): need for a more historical and cultural approach to understand the formation of the nation-states; concept of "homogeneous empty time" [9.25 → 10.30].
  • Homi Bhabha's Nation and Narration (1990): need for a multi-sided vision of the nation; however, this does not include a transnational dimension (especially in the case of displaced communities) [10.30  11.30].
  • Agamben's concept of the state of exception; analysis of the border; borders exist between nations but also within nations [24.11  24.34]
Pour citer cette ressource :

Jumana Bayeh, "Precarious Borders: The Nation-State and Arab Diaspora Literature ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2020. Consulté le 23/10/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/litterature-postcoloniale/precarious-borders-the-nation-state-and-arab-diaspora-literature