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Author: ELISE SALEM
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Title: Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (March 12, 2003)
Pages: 304

Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives by ELISE SALEM



Constructing Lebanon takes note of audience reception as an important and often neglected marker of how culture shapes polities, implicitly making the important point that academic analysis must attend to other readings of texts, not only the academic critics', if our readings of culture and politics are to be more than academic exercises. Salem also analyzes school curricula, indicating how history textbooks and literature anthologies perpetuate certain understandings of Lebanon's identity-a Phoenician heritage, a romanticized landscape, a village society-and occlude others.

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Elise Salem's Constructing Lebanon has succeeded in offering an analytical and comprehensive examination of Lebanese cultural production. Starting at the turn of the 20th century, the author provides critical, close readings of texts ranging from prose to poetry to theater, with intermittent references to TV, radio, and film. Much of the literary and pop culture that she examines has been ignored, until recently, by anglophone scholars.

Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management. Dr. Salem joined LAU as the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) in July 2008. The SDEM unit is committed to the recruitment, retention and transformation of students through student services, program development and co-curricular engagement activities. In addition to her many articles and conference papers, Dr. Salem’s 2003 book, Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives, continues as a literary and cultural reference and she was recently commissioned by Oxford University Press to write the definitive chapter on the Lebanese novel. Finally, she is the mother of two sons, Anthony and Thomas, both earning P. ’s in literature, and a daughter, Rania, who is an actress in New York.

Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives.

What first becomes evident from the title of Elise Salem's book Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives is the fluidity and continuity encapsulated in the verb "constructing," signifying an act that, by virtue of it being constantly in flux, ultimately becomes a form of reconstruction. Salem's analysis of the texts that contribute toward constructing and upholding the national myth of an "idealized.

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Constructing Lebanon : A Century of Literary Narratives. 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 is the author of Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives (2003) and numerous articles on Lebanese and Arabic literature and culture. She has taught at the University of Hawaii, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the American University of Beirut. Since 2008, Dr. Salem has served as Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management at the Lebanese American University.

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 20th century, Salem also draws from cultural productions, especially the popular Rahbani and Fayruz musicals that proved to b
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Bil
Political histories of a nation usually ignore its literature or, at most, compress it into an ancillary chapter. For Elise Salem, however, the writings of Lebanese authors are inseparable from the origins of their country and the record of its recent turmoil. A Lebanese native now living in the United States, but frequently returning to the land of her origin, Salem possesses a unique perspective to write such an analysis. She knows the country's brief history and its political complexities intimately. A literary scholar, she demonstrates extensive and perceptive reading of a wide range of fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as awareness of musical theater productions. Her achievement in this book lies in her ability to demonstrate interrelationships, the ways in which literature has been a source of national identity and serves as an ongoing commentary on unsettling events.
Although the book's subject is Lebanon, Salem also hopes that it will be considered a representative study, with a methodology and a manner of understanding that can be applied to other nations. She notes that those who govern rarely consult their nation's body of writing, and she considers that a mistake: "Artists and intellectuals, often historically in a dubious relationship with the state, not only continue to imagine and hence extend the discourse of the nation but, in more palpable way, participate in remembering, recording, and transforming it."
Salem's eloquent Afterword reiterates, frames, and adds a rich dimension of commentary. It concludes with this possibility: "[These] provocative narratives suggest a new language, vocabulary, style, approach, and thematics that expand the possibilities for Lebanon. They are, after all, the nation's stories and, through fictions, the most telling." Literature was central to Lebanon's origin. Salem's hope is that it will be equally important in helping it face its present crises.
Katishi
Salem's work is the first of its kind, and will be the one everybody is responding to for years. It is, quite simply, brilliant. How does the idea of Lebanon emerge in literary texts? What different concepts of Lebanon contest with each other in art and literature? What is Lebanon, and what is a "nation," anyway? The book treats literature, history, and politics together in one lucid, intelligent narrative. Salem's breadth of knowledge about the subject, and her ease and familiarity with the cultural landscape, are impressive. The argument contains a strong critique of power and of business interests that make capital out of war and suffering.
Many of the works of literature, drama, and music Salem discusses are analyzed here for the first time in English-an invaluable resource. Kahlil Gibran, something of a founding father of Lebanese culture, is treated unsentimentally and taken seriously, something that doesn't usually happen at the same time where he is concerned. The musical theater of the Rahbani brothers, the singing voice and iconic figure of Fayruz as well as the music of Marcel Khalife, Majida al-Roumi, Julia Boutros and others, Aql's poetry, the novels of Elias Khoury, Rachid al-Daif, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hoda Barakat, and many more, all get sophisticated critical attention here. Literature of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), of the Reconstruction period following the war, and right up to "the elusive present" are evaluated. Gender is always present as a thread of analysis. I am excited by the critique of Lebanese television programming in the satellite age and other aspects of mass media and pop culture-Salem is on the cutting edge of cultural studies.
_Constructing Lebanon_ is an ambitious, original, outstanding work. It is also an accessible, interesting book-not just for the specialist in literature or the Middle East, but for any intelligent reader.