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.
Table of ContentsThe 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 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 ideologythe case of Tawfiq al-Hakim
unwritten Arabic fiction and drama
tradition, imitation and originality in poetry
in a glass darklythe faintness of Islamic inspiration in modern Arabic literature.