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Etel Adnan’s Transcolonial Mediterranean

  • Olivia C. Harrison
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Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)

Abstract

Through close readings of works by Lebanese-American poet and artist Etel Adnan, including “Jebu,” The Arab Apocalypse, and In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country, this chapter investigates the Mediterranean as a transcolonial site: a region that has been and continues to be shaped by overlapping forms of imperial rule as well as by transregional, South–South alliances. Without implying that the colonial is past or that we are mired in coloniality, a transcolonial Mediterranean perspective, I argue, opens up the possibility of a critical relation to the region’s colonial past and neocolonial present, as well as the prospect of alternative or even transformative political and cultural alliances across and beyond the area we commonly—and problematically—refer to simply as the Mediterranean.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivia C. Harrison
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  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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