ISBN-10:
0791447340
ISBN-13:
9780791447345
Pub. Date:
11/28/2000
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant

The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant

by Stefan G. Meyer

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Overview

The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial Literary Modernism in the Levant

Traces the development of the modern Arabic novel from the 1960s to the present.

The Experimental Arabic Novel places the modern and contemporary Arabic novel in the context of the modernist-postmodern culture debate in the West. Tracing the development of experimentalism in the modern Arabic novel from the 1960s to the present, Meyer argues that it is possible to speak of distinct literary modernisms that have each evolved with a different set of characteristics, depending upon the nature of their historical antecedents. This approach to postcolonial literature offers a way to compare and contrast it meaningfully with Western literature without relying on inherently Western literary models.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791447345
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 341
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stefan G. Meyer teaches at Siena Heights University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Arabic Transliteration Symbols
Glossaries of Arabic Names

Introduction: The Experimental Arabic Novel and Comparative Modernisms

1. Modernist Ambivalence and the Beginnings of Narrative Experimentation

Existentialism and the Fragmentation of Narrative Voice
The Defamiliarization of Narrative
The Strategy of Ironic Distance

2. Recovering the Past: The "Arabization" of the Novel

Cultural and Historical Counternarrative: Abdelrahman Munif
Magical Realism: Salim Barakat
Folk Narrative and Subjective Expression

3. Rediscovering the Present: The Lebanese Civil War

Fragmented Reportage: Ghada Samman
The Patchwork Novel: Elias Khoury
The Dynamics of War and Sexuality
The Novel of Interior Situations

4. Redefining the Future: Questions of Artistic Choice

The "Mirage of Language" and the "Dust of Life"
The Conflict between Political and Artistic Commitment
The Limits of Masculine Perspective
The Dialectical Solution
Mimicking Postmodernity

Conclusion: The Experimental Arabic Novel and Postmodern Discourse

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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