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UMD Welcomes Joyce Zonana:
Presentation and Public
Rebroadcast, Mon, April 20, 7 pm,
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About the Book
Published in August 2008 by The Feminist Press, Dream Homes has been described as a classic immigrant coming-of-age narrative with a few distinctive differences. The third in the Reuben/Rifkin Jewish Women Writers Series, a joint project of the Feminist Press and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the memoir recounts the struggles of Zonana, an Egyptian-Jewish American as she forges an identity that bridges a number of apparent divides--Muslim and Jewish, gay and straight, Eastern and Western, urban and suburban, dutiful daughter and independent woman. As she lives and then tells her own story, Zonana also comes to terms with and tells the stories of her family of displaced Arab-Jews.
Reviewers Say . . .
"Unlike the dominant narrative found in memoirs written by Egyptian Jews in the U.S. whose emphasis is on the powerful religious and historical themes of getting 'out of Egypt,' Zonana offers a more nuanced counter narrative underlining the survival of the Egyptian roots of her Jewish family in the U.S. It is very moving to read about her determined effort to reconstruct these personal fragments, not by choosing one home/identity over another, but through the integration of the two in today's increasingly multicultural world."
Mervat F. Hatem, Professor of Political Science, Howard University, President, Middle Eastern Studies Association
"A lush and beautiful read!" Emily Toth, Professor of Literature,
Louisiana State University.
About Joyce Zonana
Joyce Zonana is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of New Orleans, Rowan University, and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous scholarly and literary journals, including Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Signs, Meridians, Victorian Poetry, and the Hudson Review. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
These events are supported by UMD’s Library, the Commission on Women, Women’s Studies Department, Women’s Resource and Action Center, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Services, Psychology Department, and Sociology/Anthropology Department.
Written by Cheryl Reitan
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