Arabophobia in Toufic El Rassi’s Graphic Novel "Arab in America"

By Lobna Shaddad.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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The following study aims at depicting the difficulties that Arab-Americans face in an attempt to help them find their true identity. Thus, it sheds light on the reasons that make Euro-Americans hate, dislike and even feel afraid of Arabs. It also studies the reaction of Arab-Americans toward such oppression. This is done through analyzing the graphic novel Arab in America: A True Story of Growing up in America (2007) by the Arab American artist and writer Toufic El Rassi (1978- ). In this novel El Rassi uses images and jokes to narrate how he grows up in a country that eliminates Arabs. He also deals with some of the political events that affected Arab-Americans. He portrays the discrimination that he underwent from childhood to adolescence. El Rassi also compares his position in the American world before and after the 9/11 attacks.

Keywords: Graphic Novel, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Identity

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 928.609KB)).

Dr. Lobna Shaddad

Lecturer of English Literature, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt