Searching for Najla

Searching for Najla: 

Moving from private history to public narrative


Lecture and Fiction Reading

Date: Friday, November 5, 2010

Time: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Location: 2039 CB (Sandy Conference Room)

University of Michigan

4901 Evergreen Road

Dearborn, MI 48128

Lunch will be provided.  RSVP to Sharie Beard at

In the early 1980s, Princeton historian Alixa Naff interviewed Christina LaRose’s great-grandmother, Najla Nouhan, for Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience.  Naff’s scholarly work focused on the pre-World War I pio­neering generation of Arabic-speaking immigrants and their assimilation to the United States.  In this talk, Christina will discuss the process of transforming her great-grandmother’s oral history into a novel.  She will focus on historical and archival research, feminist and postcolonial historical fiction, narrative theory, and the fiction writing process.