An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature

An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature

by Pierre A. Cachia


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An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature by Pierre A. Cachia

This compact survey of Arab literary activity in the 19th and 20th centuries examines the main trends associated with Arab literature and relates the writings to social conditions and political events of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748601325
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/01/1990
Series: Islamic Surveys Series , #17
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.51(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

The assumptions and aspirations of Egyptian modernists
the age of translation and adaptation, 1850-1914
the development of a modern prose style
the use of the colloquial in modern Arabic literature
the critics
the narrative genres
the theatrical movement of the Arabs
the treatment of themes relating to Christianity and Judaism in modern Egyptian drama and fiction
idealism and ideology—the case of Tawfiq al-Hakim
unwritten Arabic fiction and drama
tradition, imitation and originality in poetry
in a glass darkly—the faintness of Islamic inspiration in modern Arabic literature.

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