By Steven Salaita
Steven Salaita's bold and thought-provoking paintings compares the dynamics of settler colonialism within the usa regarding local american citizens with the conditions in Israel on the topic of the Palestinians, revealing the way politics impacts literary creation.
The author's unique technique relies no longer on similarities among the 2 disparate settler areas yet really on similarities among the rhetoric hired via early colonialists in North the USA and that hired by way of Zionist immigrants in Palestine. Meticulously analyzing histories, theories, and literary depictions of colonialism and interethnic dialects, Salaita identifies the commonalities within the myths hired by means of either teams in addition to the "counter-discourse" cultivated within the literature of resistance via local peoples. He enhances his research with own observations of Palestinians in Lebanese shelter camps, the place he encountered a sympathetic notion of yank Indians.
The Holy Land in Transit offers one of many first intercommunal reports to evaluate the ways that indigenous authors react to analogous colonial dynamics. With nice strength and belief the writer bargains a clean contribution to an rising body of reference for ancient, political, literary, and cultural research.
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Extra info for Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan
From these narratives, we have opportunities to identify the underlying features of the modern industrial states imposed on foreign landscapes, especially the features that form the epistemology of national culture by eclipsing the connection of Indigenes with the land. Critical Points for Comparison In a recent article voicing displeasure at the insular tendencies of Palestinian intellectual production, Said suggests that Israeli brutality is exceptional in context of the particular issues that gave rise to Zionism and Palestinian resistance, yet well within the framework of colonialism as it occurred in most of the world.
Looking more deeply at their shared origin compels us to appraise colonization in other areas of the world in a manner that stresses historical continuity in conjunction with local particulars. Although myriad comparisons can be made among Natives and Palestinians, I am most interested in the covenantal discourse employed by settlers in the New World and Holy Land, especially the way in which it has led to near-constant human, financial, and philosophical interplay between the two continents. More thorough investigations can be undertaken in the future as further developments occur in the study of colonization.
5. Ojibwa Indians—Cultural assimilation. I. Gran, Peter, 1941 - II. Title. 93358—dc22 2006021116 Manufactured in the United States of America Contents Foreword | PETER GRAN Acknowledgments 1Introduction | Homelands and Holy Lands 2The Holy Land in Transit 3Demystifying the Quest for Canaan | Observations on Mimesis in the New World and Holy Land 4Digging Up the Bones of the Past | Colonial and Indigenous Interplay in Winona LaDuke's Last Standing Woman 5The Kahan Commission Report and A Balcony Over the Fakihani | A Tale of Two Fictions 6Reimagining the Munificence of an Ass | The Unbounded Worlds of Gerald Vizenor and Emile Habiby 7Conclusion | Dreamcatchers on the Last Frontier Notes Bibliography Steven Salaita teaches as assistant professor in the English Department at Virginia Tech.