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Modern Arabic Literature : The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature - M. M. Badawi

Modern Arabic Literature

The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature

By: M. M. Badawi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521331975
Number Of Pages: 588

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This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature provides the first authoritative, comprehensive critical survey of creative writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. With the spread of secular education, printing, and journalism, a new reading public emerged. Against the background of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of nationalism, and the conflict between Islam and increasing Westernization, the traditional conception of literature as a display of verbal skill was replaced by the view that literature should reflect and indeed change social and political reality. A significant translation movement resulted in the borrowing of Western ideas and literary forms: the novel, the short story, and drama. This book examines the attempts made by Arab men and women to adapt the new imported forms as well as the indigenous literary tradition to meet the requirements of the modern world. Quoted material is given in English translation, and there is an extensive bibliography.

"Unprecedented in its monumental range and scale this book is a valuable and welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly works in English that deal with modern Arabic literature...A keen awareness of the intimate relation between modern Arabic literature and the other discursive practices and discourses that shape modern Arab identity permeates the chapters of the book...This is a major source of valuable information and critical acumen that will stand in good stead every student of modern Arabic literature, including, or perhaps especially, those genuinely interested in literary theory." Journal of Arabic Literature "Badawi's work certainly fills a gap in the field and should be a useful tool for students of Arabic literature and a valuable reference for all interested scholars." Journal of the American Oriental Society

Editorial note
Chronological table of events
Map of the Arab world
The background
Translations and adaptations 1834-1914
The Neo-classical Arabic poets
The Romantic poets
Modernist poetry in Arabic
The beginnings of the Arabic novel
The mature Arabic novel outside Egypt
The Egyptian novel from Zaynab to 1980
The modern Arabic short story
Arabic drama: early developments
Arabic drama since the thirties
The prose stylists
The critics
Arab women writers
Poetry in the vernacular
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ISBN: 9780521331975
ISBN-10: 0521331978
Series: The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 588
Published: 29th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.03