Critical scholarship on contemporary Arab American literature has proliferated exponentially in the last decade due to the combined efforts of scholars such as Lisa Suhair Majaj, Steven Salaita, Layla Al Maleh, Waïl Hassan, Syrine Hout, and Therí Pickens. Carol Fadda-Conrey’s scholarship has been at the forefront of this movement, and her debut monograph, Contemporary Arab-American Literature, is a timely, compelling contribution that broadens the critical terrain by emphasizing the dynamic nature of homes and homelands in the United States and the Arab world.

Fadda-Conrey’s meticulous study surveys a rich catalog of Arab American literary and cultural production from the 1990s to the present, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, drama, film, and visual art. She highlights how Arab American literature enacts “transnational modes of . . . belonging,” challenges insular formulations of US citizenship, and ultimately destabilizes the...

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