Lebanese Anglophone Diasporic Literature

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When Tony Hanania’s debut novel Homesick came out in 1997, neither he nor anyone else could have foreseen that two decades later it would be deemed a pioneering work in the canon of post-civil war, i.e., post-1990 Anglophone Lebanese diasporic literature. While Lebanon’s history of emigration started in the 1880s, the contemporary literary wave, resulting from mass relocations to English-speaking countries during the fifteen-year (1975–1990) Lebanese Civil War, is a new-fangled cultural and artistic trend with unique characteristics. It started sixty-five years after the end of the literary movement of Al-Mahjar (diaspora), comprised of mostly Lebanese authors who founded, in 1920, the New York Pen League of Arab poets (al-Rabiṭah

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Citation: Hout, Syrine. "Lebanese Anglophone Diasporic Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19487, accessed 21 June 2024.]

19487 Lebanese Anglophone Diasporic Literature 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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