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.
About the Author
Stefan G. Meyer teaches at Siena Heights University.
Table of Contents
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
Conclusion: The Experimental Arabic Novel and Postmodern Discourse