Islam and Postcolonial Narrative

Overview

John Erickson examines four major authors from the "third-world"—Assia Djebar, Abdelkebir Khatibi, Tahar ben Jelloun, and Salman Rushdie—all of whom have critiqued the relationship between Islam and the West. Erickson analyzes the narrative strategies they deploy to explore the encounter between Western and Islamic values and reveals their use of the cultural resources of Islam, and their intertextual exchanges with other "third-world" writers. These writers, he argues, valorize expansiveness and indeterminacy in...

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Overview

John Erickson examines four major authors from the "third-world"—Assia Djebar, Abdelkebir Khatibi, Tahar ben Jelloun, and Salman Rushdie—all of whom have critiqued the relationship between Islam and the West. Erickson analyzes the narrative strategies they deploy to explore the encounter between Western and Islamic values and reveals their use of the cultural resources of Islam, and their intertextual exchanges with other "third-world" writers. These writers, he argues, valorize expansiveness and indeterminacy in order to represent individuals and groups that live on the margins of society.

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"Recommended for graduate literature programs focusing on the Middle East, romance languages, and comparative studies." Choice

"Islam and Postcolonial Narrative is a good read, intelligently written for sharp minds." Issa J. Boullata, World Literature Today

"...an original contribution to its place as a textbook wherever this literature is studied." Research in African Literatures

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521101158
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: creating new discourses from old; 2. Women's voices and woman's space in Assis Djebar's L'Amour, la fantasia; 3. Tahar Ben Jelloun's Sandchild: voiceless narratives, placeless places; 4. 'At the threshold of the untranslatable': Love in Two Languages of Abdelkebir Khatibi; 5. The view from underneath: Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses; Concluding: breaches and forgotten openings; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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