“Jarmarkani investigates ‘desert romances,’ i.e., pulp novels set in an imagined ‘Arabiastan’ and prominently featuring a sheikh or prince who is powerfully virile yet deeply sensitive and gratifyingly susceptible to the charms of the Western heroine.”
“Jarmakani’s monograph is of particular interest to feminist literary scholars, especially those working with romance novels and/or with post-9/11 fiction.”
“An Imperialist Love Story is a cutting edge piece of scholarship, exploring the fascinating tension between a resurgence in popular desert romances at a cultural moment in which Arab masculinity is understood as violent and threatening. Offering a radical reinterpretation of the power of mass-market engagements with the Middle East, Jarmakani analyzes the role that fantasy and desire play in the construction of U.S. imperialism. Beautifully written and enjoyable to read, this book will generate debate in many different circles, for many years to come.”
—Sarah Gualtieri, author of Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora
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