The Rhetoric Of Violence / Edition 1

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In this unique book, Kamal Abdel-Malek probes into the various situations where Arab and Jew encounter each other in the modern Palestinian fiction, poetry, and film. The book explores the violent confrontations and moments of reconciliation in these encounters. In its bold survey of these encounters, the book does not shy away from presenting the banality of evil while at the same time it unapologetically celebrates the triumphal and radiant feats of the human spirit when blood-enemies recognize their common humanity.

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"Kamal Abdel-Malek, well known to scholars in the field of Arabic literature, turns his attention to the confrontation of Israeli and Palestinian interests and cultures within a small but much contested terrain. The current work, grounded in the theories of literature and cultural studies, examines the ways in which each of the two traditions explores the "other" through the media of literature and film. There are excellent studies of major figures in both milieus, including Habibi, Kanafani, Fadwa Tuqan, Sahar Khalifa, and Mahmud Darwish in the Palestinian context, and Yehoshua and Amichai on the Israeli. The work is well referenced, and should be a useful source of critical insight for all those interested in exploring the central space lying between the extremes (and extremists) of both sides."--Roger Allen, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403964052
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamal Abdel-Malek, a native of Egypt, is Associate Professor of Arabic Literatures at the American University of Sharjah. He also taught at Princeton and Brown universities and is the recipient of the prestigious Wriston Fellowship at Brown University for excellence in teaching and research. He has several publications on Arabic literature including A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Ahmad Fuad Nigm (1990), Muhammad in the Modern Egyptian Popular Ballad (1995), Celebrating Muhammad (with Ali Asani and Annemarie Shcimmel, 1995), Israeli and Palestinian Identities in History and Literature (with David Jacobson, 1999), Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature (with Wael Hallaq, 2000), and the pioneering America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature, 1895-1995 (2000). He is also a contributor to the authoritative Cambridge Guide to Theater and the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature series.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Aborted Passages to the Homeland: Ghassan Kanafani’s Fictional Rites
• Chapter 2 – The Threshold as the Home: Fawaz Turki’s Wanderings
• Chapter 3 – A World Turned Topsy-turvy
• Chapter 4 – “My Home and My Prison”: Raymonda Tawil’s Travails
• Chapter 5 – The Text Betwixt: Mahmud Darwish, Memory for Forgetfulness
• Chapter 6 – The Land of Milk, Honey and Wild Thorns: Sarah Khalifa’s Israeli Jews
• Chapter 7 – Embedded Sentiments: Mahmud Darwis and His Jewish Juliet
• Chapter 8 – Sub/Liminal Messages: Yehuda Amichai and Mahmud Darwish
• Chapter 9 – Encounters with Israeli Jews in Film

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