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Love and Sexuality in Modern Arabic Literature - Roger Allen

Love and Sexuality in Modern Arabic Literature

By: Roger Allen (Editor)

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In segregated, conservative societies with a repressive attitude to women, writing on the theme of love and sexuality are of particular interest. Among the plethora of studies on modern Arabic literature, this book is a major treatment of what has generally been a taboo subject. The scope covers the entire history of modern Arabic literature from the late-19th century to the end of the 1980s, with examples drawn from countries as diverse as Egypt and Kuwait. Although the main accent is on the prose of Egypt and the countries of the Mashreq, North African literature is also included. Examples are drawn form poetry, the novel and the short story. Topics range from "Erotic awareness in the early Egyptian short story" to "Death and desire in Iraqi War literature", from "Fathers and husbands as tyrants and victims" to "The foreign woman and the European mistress in the Maghreb novel". "Love and the mechanism of power" is analyzed, as are "Sexual politics and narrative strategies". Love and sexuality are shown as key elements in the work of Tawfik al-Hakim, Fuad al-Tikirli, the Kuwaiti writer Layla al-Uthman annd Nizar Qabbani. Other chapters treat "The lover in popular 20th-century Arabic drama", "Love and beyond in Mahjar literature" and "The romantic imagination and the female ideal".

Industry Reviews

'Raises important and thought-provoking issues. There is much of interest and value in this book.' --"The Times Literary Supplement" 'This volume is undoubtedly valuable in the wealth of its textual analyses, plot summaries and historical references. An impressive array of authors from all over the Arab world is represented.' --"Al-'Arabiyya "

List of Contributors
Introduction: On Love and Sexuality in Modem Arabic Literature
Love and the Birth of Modem Arabic Literature
The Figure of the Lover in Popular Arabic Drama of the Early Twentieth Century
The Romantic Imagination and the Female Ideal
Love and Beyond in Mahjar Literature
The Four Ages of Husayn Tawfiq: Love and Sexuality in the Novels of Tawfiq al-Hakim
Erotic Awareness in the Early Egyptian Short Story
The Arabic Short Story and the Status of Women
Love and the Mechanisms of Power; Kamal 'Abd al-Jawwad and Sa'i al-Juhayni
Fathers and Husbands: Tyrants and Victims in, son- biographical and Semi-Autobiographical Works from the Arab World
The Foreign Woman in the Francophone North African Novel
Distant Echoes of Love in the Narrative Work of Fu'ad al-Tikirli
Sexuality in Jabri's Novel, The Search for Walid Masud
Women's Narrative in Modern Arabic Literature: A Typology
The Development of Women's Political Consciousness the Short Stories of the Kuwaiti Author Layli al-'Uthman
Death and Desire in Iraqi War Literature
Nizar Qabbani's Autobiography: Images of Sexuality Death and Poetry
Love and the Body in Modern Arabic Poetry
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ISBN: 9780863560620
ISBN-10: 0863560628
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 271
Published: 1st February 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.36  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1