Mannerism in Arabic Poetry: A Structural Analysis of Selected Texts (3rd Century AH/9th Century AD - 5th Century AH/11th Century AD)

Mannerism in Arabic Poetry: A Structural Analysis of Selected Texts (3rd Century AH/9th Century AD - 5th Century AH/11th Century AD)

by Stefan Sperl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521522927

ISBN-13: 9780521522922

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Sperl's study questions whether mannerism and classicism can be applied to the analysis of Arabic poetry. While mannerism in Arabic literature has traditionally been associated with an excessive use of rhetorical devices and illustrated with reference to poetic fragments and extracts, Sperl approaches the question through a structuralist examination of poems as a…  See more details below

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Sperl's study questions whether mannerism and classicism can be applied to the analysis of Arabic poetry. While mannerism in Arabic literature has traditionally been associated with an excessive use of rhetorical devices and illustrated with reference to poetic fragments and extracts, Sperl approaches the question through a structuralist examination of poems as a whole. The texts selected range from the 9th to the 11th centuries AD and are drawn from the works of Abu l-Atahiya, Buhturi, Mihyar al-Daylami and Maarri. The poems which are studied in detail in successive chapters exhibit profound stylistic differences in sound, imagery, and composition. In the light of structuralist analysis, these differences do indeed appear to conform to a characteristic classicist/mannerist continuum also observed in other literatures. The structuralist approach moreover leads to a broader reevaluation of these terms in the final chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521522922
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Islamic panegyric; 2. Buhturi; 3. Mihyar al-Daylami; 4. Abu l-'Atahiya; 5. Ma'arri; 6. Mannerism; Appendix; Glossary of Arabic technical terms; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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