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Modern Arabic literature /
edited by M. M. Badawī.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
description
xi, 571 p. : map.
ISBN
0521331978 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
isbn
0521331978 (hardback)
catalogue key
3013089
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
The structure of this volume renders it serviceable as a textbook in a college course; indeed, some of its 13 chapters read like transcribed lectures. The chapters by Cachia and Jayyusi may be said to approach the publisher's claim of authoritativeness: others are instructive for those who lack proficiency in the original. Otherwise, this survey has certain shortcomings--e.g., its portrayal of Arabic literary creativity as a gift bestowed upon it by the West, ignoring the fact that Italian Renaissance men of letters used to castigate their compatriots for thinking that only Arabs were capable of producing literature. Recommended as a textbook in a course on modern Arabic literature to be supplemented by Matti Moosa's The Origins of Modern Arabic Fiction (CH, Apr'84). K. I. H. Semaan; SUNY at Binghamton
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Review Quotes
"Unprecedented in its monumental range and scale this book is a valuable and welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly works in English that deal with modern Arabic literature....A keen awareness of the intimate relation between modern Arabic literature and the other discursive practices and discourses that shape modern Arab identity permeates the chapters of the book....This is a major source of valuable information and critical acumen that will stand in good stead every student of modern Arabic literature, including, or perhaps especially, those genuinely interested in literary theory." Journal of Arabic Literature
"Badawi's work certainly fills a gap in the field and should be a useful tool for students of Arabic literature and a valuable reference for all interested scholars." Journal of the American Oriental Society
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Summaries
Description for Library
This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature provides an authoritative, comprehensive critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The rise of secular education, printing and journalism created a new reading public, and Western ideas and literary forms, notably the novel, the short story and drama, became influential. This book examines the attempts made by Arab men and women to adapt the imported forms as well as the indigenous literary tradition to meet the requirements of the modern world. Quoted material is given in English translation, and there is an extensive bibliography.
Main Description
This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature provides an authoritative, comprehensive critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. With the spread of secular education, printing and journalism, a new reading public emerged. Against the background of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of nationalism, and the conflict between Islam and increasing Westernization, the traditional conception of literature as a display of verbal skill was replaced by the view that literature should reflect and indeed change social and political reality. A significant translation movement resulted in the borrowing of Western ideas and literary forms: the novel, the short story and drama. This book examines the attempts made by Arab men and women to adapt the new imported forms as well as the indigenous literary tradition to meet the requirements of the modern world. Quoted material is given in English translation, and there is an extensive bibliography.
Main Description
This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature provides the first authoritative, comprehensive, critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The rise of secular education, printing and journalism created a new reading public, and Western ideas and literary forms, notably the novel, the short story, and drama, became influential. This book examines the attempts made by Arab men and women to adapt the imported forms as well as the indigenous literary tradition to meet the requirements of the modern world. Quoted material is given in English translation and there is an extensive bibliography.
Description for Bookstore
This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature provides an authoritative, comprehensive critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
Table of Contents
Editorial note
Chronological table of events
Map of the Arab world
Introduction
The background
Translations and adaptations 1834-1914
The Neo-classical Arabic poets
The Romantic poets
Modernist poetry in Arabic
The beginnings of the Arabic novel
The mature Arabic novel outside Egypt
The Egyptian novel from Zaynab to 1980
The modern Arabic short story
Arabic drama: early developments
Arabic drama since the thirties
The prose stylists
The critics
Arab women writers
Poetry in the vernacular
Bibliography
Index
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