Searching for Najla:
Moving from private history to public narrative
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 email@example.com.
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.