Post-9/11-Disaster Katrina: Reenacting American Innocence in Dave Eggers's Zeitoun.

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Author: Jung-Suk Hwang
Date: Spring 2021
Publisher: University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Press)
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 10,110 words
Lexile Measure: 1480L

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Dave Eggers's nonfiction book Zeitoun (2009) presents a Syrian American man who changes from citizen to potential terrorist and is detained after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The book was a huge success, but the public and the media have denounced Eggers's representation of Zeitoun since Zeitoun's charge of domestic violence in 2012. Focusing on how Eggers represents Zeitoun as a "good" Arab American, I examine how responses to Eggers's Zeitoun reenact the myth of American innocence through their ignorance of society's violence against those with an Arab or Muslim identity. KEYWORDS: Zeitoun, Eggers, Hurricane Katrina, post-9/11, Arab American identity

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