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Modern Arabic drama in Egypt [electronic resource] /
M.M. Badawi.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
viii, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 231-239.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
The most up-to-date study in the English language that deals with the great dramatic enterprise of modern Egypt. Badawi (Oxford University) systematically and meticulously guides his readers through the tremendous wealth of plays and published dramatic works that have been performed and produced in Egypt (and other Arabic speaking countries) from the middle of the past century to the present, even to today when Tawfiq al-Hakim's The Tree Climber (1986) is being staged in Washington, D.C. This scholarly survey deals with the works of the Lebanese Christian Marun al-Naqqash and the Egyptian Jew Ya'qub Sannu' (19th-century CE), the major dramatist, Tawfiq al-Hakim, and his contemporaries and successors, from Mahmud Taymur to Salah Abd al-Sabur, whose Ma'sat al-Hallaj was translated into English as Murder in Baghdad and published in 1972. Wisely, albeit briefly, Badawi introduces this new volume with a survey of pre-modern dramatic activities, such as those described in E. W. Lane's Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), a reference to the passion plays commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (680), works by Ibn Daniyal (d. 1311), and other interesting dramatic events to Naqqash and Sannu' who were influenced by "European drama, particularly French comedy." The author moves on to present the work of Tawfiq al-Hakim in a 70-page brilliant essay followed by briefer studies of the works of al-Hakim's successors, post-revolutionary dramatists, and verse drama. Recommended for teachers and students of drama and Arabic. -K. I. H. Semaan, SUNY at Binghamton
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This book is the first critical survey of modern Egyptian drama during the period of its maturity from the 1930s to the present day. A discussion of the work of Tawfiq al-Hakim is followed by an examination of the less experimental plays of his successors, Mahmud Taymur, Bakathir and Fathi Radwan.
Table of Contents
Tawfiq al-Hakim
Al-Hakim-s successors
Post-revolution drama: the new wave of dramatists
Verse drama
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