The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction / Edition 2

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Traces how the novel germinated in the classical Arabic narrative tradition, developed into the modern genre before World War II and has evolved since then. Updated from the 1982 edition to include examples of novels published since then, emerging trends, and new critical perspectives. Considers only novels written in the Arabic language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
1 The Novel: Parameters of Definition 1
2 Early Developments in the Arabic Novel Tradition 11
3 The Period of Maturity 52
Political and Social Background 52
Decades of Realism 65
Principal Themes in the Modern Arabic Novel 68
Transformations in Fictional Perspective 120
The Writer, the Reader, and the Text 125
4 Twelve Arabic Novels 138
Thartharah fawq al-Nil (Najib Mahfuz) 140
Ma tabaqqa la-kum (Ghassan Kanafani) 147
'Awdat al-ta'ir ila al-bahr (Halim Barakat) 153
Mawsim al-hijrah ila al-shamal (al-Tayyib Salih) 159
Ayyam al-insan al-sab'ah ('Abd al-hakim Qasim) 167
Al-Safinah (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra) 177
"Quartet" (Kanat al-sama' zarqa', Al-Mustanqa'at al-daw'iyyah, Al-Habl, and Al-Difaf al-ukhra) (Isma'il Fahd Isma'il) 184
Al-Zayni Barakat (Jamal al-Ghitani) 195
Al-Waqa'i al-gharibah fi-ikhtifa' Sa'id Abi al-nahs al-mutasha'il (Emile Habibi) 209
Al-Nihayat ('Abd al-rahman Munif) 222
Hikayat Zahrah (Hanan al-Shaykh) 231
Nazif al-hajar (Ibrahim al-Kuni) 244
5 Conclusion 259
Glossary 269
Bibliography 271
Index 297
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