The Postcolonial Arabic Novel: Debating Ambivalence

The Postcolonial Arabic Novel: Debating Ambivalence

by Muhsin Al-Musawi
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004125868

ISBN-13: 9789004125865

Pub. Date: 02/27/2003

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

In a study and critique of the modern Arabic novel, especially in its post-Mahfuzian phase, Al-Musawi does make use of some earlier studies and readings, but strives to transcend them to engage postcolonial issues that relate to identity formation, the modern nation-state, individualism, nationalism, gender and class demarcations, and micro-politics. He focuses on…  See more details below

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In a study and critique of the modern Arabic novel, especially in its post-Mahfuzian phase, Al-Musawi does make use of some earlier studies and readings, but strives to transcend them to engage postcolonial issues that relate to identity formation, the modern nation-state, individualism, nationalism, gender and class demarcations, and micro-politics. He focuses on long narratives in Arabic that manifest keen awareness of Arabic life and culture, and avoids periodization in order to tackle issues that cut across time and space despite a work's concern with specific contexts of social justice, political freedom, and national or communal independence. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004125865
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/27/2003
Series:
Studies in Arabic Literature Series, #23
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Editorial Notes
Acknowledgements
Introduction. Prefatory Thresholds: Scheherazade Avenged1
Ch. 1Postcolonial Matters in Arabic Narrative21
Ch. 2Writing Scheherazade Now: The Growth of Modern Arabic Fiction71
Ch. 3Debating Ambivalence: Socio-Political Engagements117
Ch. 4Arabs and the West: Counternarratives and Narrative Encounters163
Ch. 5Women in Arabic205
Ch. 6A Voice for Dissent: Rogues, Rebels and Saints255
Ch. 7Site as Narrative281
Ch. 8Time in Narrative307
Ch. 9Cultural Contestation and Self-Definition in Arabic Metafiction337
Ch. 10Scheherazade's Gifts: Mahfuz's Narrative Strategies in Layah Alf Laylah375
In Lieu of Conclusion389
Bibliography391
Index413

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