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

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  • Title: Arabophobia in Toufic El Rassi’s Graphic Novel "Arab in America"
  • Author(s): Lobna Shaddad
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Literary Humanities
  • Keywords: Graphic Novel, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Identity
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 2327-7912 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8676 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7912/CGP/v13i02/43924
  • Citation: Shaddad, Lobna. 2015. "Arabophobia in Toufic El Rassi’s Graphic Novel "Arab in America"." The International Journal of Literary Humanities 13 (2): 1-8. doi:10.18848/2327-7912/CGP/v13i02/43924.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

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.