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By Amira Jarmakani

A curious determine stalks the pages of a special subset of mass-market romance novels, aptly referred to as “desert romances.” Animalistic but delicate, darkish and engaging, the desolate tract prince or sheikh emanates manliness and uncooked, sexual energy. within the years considering September eleven, 2001, the sheikh personality has gradually risen in attractiveness in romance novels, even whereas depictions of Arab masculinity as backward and violent in nature have ruled the cultural panorama.   

 

An Imperialist Love Story contributes to the wider dialog concerning the legacy of orientalist representations of Arabs in Western pop culture. Combining shut readings of novels, discursive research of blogs and boards, and interviews with authors, Jarmakani explores renowned investments within the battle on terror through analyzing the collisions among myth and fact in wilderness romances. targeting problems with protection, freedom, and liberal multiculturalism, she foregrounds the function that hope performs in modern formations of U.S. imperialism. Drawing on transnational feminist idea and cultural studies, An Imperialist Love Story offers a thorough reinterpretation of the warfare on terror, demonstrating romance to be a robust framework for knowing the way it works, and the way it perseveres.

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