Modern Arabic Literature: A Theoretical Framework

Modern Arabic Literature: A Theoretical Framework

by Reuven Snir


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The study of Arabic literature is blossoming. This book provides a comprehensive theoretical framework to help research this highly prolific and diverse production of contemporary literary texts. Based on the achievements of historical poetics, in particular those of Russian formalism and its theoretical legacy, this framework offers flexible, transparent, and unbiased tools to understand the relevant contexts within the literary system. The aim is to enhance our understanding of Arabic literature, throw light on areas of literary production that traditionally have been neglected, and stimulate others to take up the fascinating challenge of mapping out and exploring them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474441254
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Reuven Snir is Professor of Arabic Literature and Dean of Humanities at the University of Haifa. He has published many books, articles, translations and encyclopdia entries in various languages. Among his latest books in English are Who Needs Arab-Jewish Identity? (2015) and Baghdad: The City in Verse (2013).

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Modern Arabic Literary System
1. The Scope of the Research Subject
2. Popular Literature and Legitimation
3. Assumptions behind the Operative Model

Chapter Two: Literary Dynamics in Synchronic Cross-Section
1. Canonical Literature
1.a. Texts for Adults
1.b. Texts for Children
1.c. Translated Texts
2. Non-Canonical Literature
2.a. Texts for Adults
2.b. Texts for Children
2.c. Translated Texts
3. Internal and External Interrelationships

Chapter Three: Outlines of Diachronic Intersystemic Development
1. Literature / Religion
2. Literature / Territory
3. Literature / Language
4. Literature / State Nationalism

Chapter Four: Literary Dynamics in Generic and Diachronic Cross-Section
1. Periodization
2. Classical vis-à-vis Modern Literature
3. The Development of the Genres
3.a. Poetry
3.b. Fiction
3.c. Theater
4. Generic Interrelationships


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