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Arabic Poetry : Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition - Muhsin J. Al-Musawi

Arabic Poetry

Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

Hardcover Published: 11th January 2006
ISBN: 9780415769921
Number Of Pages: 327

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Since the late 1940s, Arabic poetry has spoken for an Arab conscience, as much as it has debated positions and ideologies, nationally and worldwide. This book tackles issues of modernity and tradition in Arabic poetry as manifested in poetic texts and criticism by poets as participants in transformation and change. It studies the poetic in its complexity, relating to issues of selfhood, individuality, community, religion, ideology, nation, class and gender.

Al-Musawi also explores in context issues that have been cursorily noticed or neglected, like Shi'i poetics, Sufism, women's poetry, and expressions of exilic consciousness.

Arabic Poetry employs current literary theory and provides comprehensive coverage of modern and post-modern poetry from the 1950s onwards, making it essential reading for those with interests in Arabic culture and literature and Middle East studies.

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
A note on translation and transliterationp. xxi
Poetic trajectories: critical introductionp. 1
Arabic poetry in contextp. 1
Modernism and secular ideologyp. 9
The modernist impulse and its aftermathp. 22
The tradition-modernity nexus in Arabic poeticsp. 30
A dynamic traditionp. 30
Masksp. 31
The surviving pastp. 34
Recollectionsp. 38
Why precursors?p. 39
Translation as a modernist engagementp. 44
Configurational sites: classical and modernp. 46
Undermining poeticsp. 48
Which tradition in the Rome conference (1961)?p. 54
The dialectics of tradition and modernityp. 56
Adunis: the challenge of traditionp. 58
Modernity as a constantp. 60
Al-Bayati's traditionp. 64
Poetic career: Salah Abd al-Saburp. 66
Poetic strategies: thresholds for conformity and dissentp. 68
The neoclassical qasidah: Al-Jawahirip. 68
Addressing the strong precursorp. 69
Approaching the glorious legacy: three directionsp. 71
Abd al-Sabur and the emulation of independencep. 73
Al-Bayati's alien and rebellious precursorsp. 74
Recreating the forebearp. 76
Adunis' objectifications of forebearsp. 78
Trajectories of modernity and traditionp. 82
Conclusionp. 85
Poetic dialogization: ancestors in the text-figures and figurationsp. 88
Targeting the unitary discoursep. 89
Dedications as poetic intersectionsp. 130
Arab gift compendiumsp. 131
Poetic simulacrum of narrativep. 133
The prefatory and dedicatory in poetryp. 135
Al-Hakim's Bird of the Eastp. 136
Dedicatory matter: identity for acculturationp. 138
Al-Bayati and Khatil Hawi-the existentialist and the forlornp. 141
Al-Sayyab's lyrical-elegiac moodp. 142
Dedications as paratexts: al-Khalp. 143
Addressing Lorcap. 144
Elegy, dedication, and repressionp. 146
Al-Mutanabbi: between al-Bayati and Adunisp. 156
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p. 160
Envisioning exile: past anchors and problematic encountersp. 162
Exilic evocationsp. 163
Exilic trajectoriesp. 188
Textual homelands in contextp. 191
The edge of recognition and rejection: why T. S. Eliot?p. 218
Marxism Christianizedp. 218
Deconstructing mythp. 221
Tradition and the polyphonic poemp. 224
The paradoxical appeal of The Waste Landp. 226
Disinheritance through excessive patchingp. 227
Eliot appropriated in traditional satirep. 230
Conclusion: deviational and reversal poetics-dissent, not allegiancep. 237
Poetics of legitimacy in contextp. 241
The elegiac preludep. 243
Classical transgressionsp. 245
Engagements and invalidationsp. 252
Iraqi pain recapturedp. 256
Sufism and transgressionp. 260
Elegizing a presentp. 263
Notesp. 268
Works citedp. 304
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780415769921
ISBN-10: 0415769922
Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 11th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 15.9  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.97
Edition Number: 1