Literature: Arab Women’s Writing in Diaspora and African American Themes

Wed. March 16, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Authors Hanadi Al-Samman (Anxiety of Erasure) and Gretchen Martin (Dancing on the Color Line) explore tropes expressed in writing.

Why Should You Attend?

What themes were the writers of Shahrazad and Uncle Tom’s Cabin exploring? Learn more about how authors of modern and classic literature cross ethnic and geographical borders to redefine gender and character traits in literature.

“Al-Samman’s analysis is lucid and textually rich. . . . A vital contribution to the understudied field of Arab women’s narrative.”Mushin al-Musawi, professor of comparative and Arabic studies, Columbia University

“Martin has proven to be one of our most important scholars in American humor and culture. Wherever she focuses her attention, and brings to bear her critical intelligence, new insights and useful ideas emerge. Dancing on the Color Line is a thoughtful and enlightening study of the African American trickster figure. The result is a solid contribution to both African American studies and our understanding of the continuously complex nature of American humor.” –M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College

Al-Samman, Hanadi, Anxiety of Erasure
Martin, Gretchen, Dancing on the Color Line