Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo

Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo

by M. Naaman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230108653
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Series: Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mara Naaman is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Williams College. Her work has appeared in the Comparative Literature Studies Journal, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Arab Studies Journal, MELUS, and various anthologies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Map of Greater Cairo x

Note on Transliteration xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Note from the Editor xvii

Preface xix

Introduction: The Urban as Theoretical Frame 1

1 Specter of Paris: The Staging of Cairo's Modern City Center 11

2 Reconstructing a National Past: Radwa 'Ashur's Revisionist History of the Downtown 37

3 The Indigenous Modernism of Khayri Shalabi: Popular Intellectuals and the Neighborhood Ghurza 71

4 The Proletarian Revolution That Never Was: Idris 'Ali's Nubian Perspective 105

5 The Nation Recast through a National Bestseller: Alaa al-Aswany's Ode to Downtown Cairo 139

Conclusion: Wust al-Balad as Neo-Bohemia: Writing in Defense of a Vanishing Public Sphere 169

Afterword 177

Notes 179

Bibliography 205

Index 215

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