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Writing the Self : Autobiographical Writing in Modern Arabic Literature - Ed De Moor

Writing the Self

Autobiographical Writing in Modern Arabic Literature

By: Ed De Moor (Editor), Robin Ostie (Editor), Stefan Wild (Editor)

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The subject of autobiography has been a dominant theme in literary theory and criticism in recent years. As a consequence, the parameters of what does or does not constitute autobiography in literature have been greatly extended.
This volume presents the results of the latest research on this subject by leading experts on modern Arabic literature from Europe and the Arab world. As such, it questions the view that autobiography has not been central to the literary tradition of the Arabs, a view which seems to suggest that autobiography is the preserve of West European Renaissance Man or Woman and their descendants.
The chapters cover a broad spectrum of autobiographical material and range in time from the seventeenth century to the present day. They include travelogues as a category of autobiographical writing, as well as a wide variety of the more traditional retrospective prose histories of the self.
One of the Arab world's leading novelists, Edwar al-Kharrat, gives a personal account of fiction and autobiography; and novels, drama and poetry are all considered within the book's overall theme. Women writers and Palestinian authors are also given due consideration.
"Writing the Self "is a provocative re-evaluation of the theory and practice of autobiography in modern Arabic literature and beyond.

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'A compilation of studies that mesh together in a satisfying way . . . innumerable illuminating details of information, observation and analysis.' --Catherine Cobham, "British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies"

List of Contributorsp. 7
Foreword: Random Variations on an Autobiographical Themep. 9
Introductionp. 18
Voyages of Self-Definition
Autobiography, Travelogue and Identityp. 27
Fact and Fiction in al-Saq 'ala al-saqp. 30
Two Egyptians at the World Exhibition in Parisp. 39
Autobiographical Features in the Works of Ya'qub Sanu'p. 51
The Promethean Quest in Louis 'Awad's Memoirs of an Overseas Studentp. 61
Autobiography from Theory to Practice
Public Role and Private Selfp. 75
Searching for Beginnings in Modern Arabic Autobiographyp. 82
The Arabic Autobiography of Childhoodp. 100
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra's Autobiography, al-Bi'r al-ula, and his Concept of a Celebration of Lifep. 115
Autobiography, Theory and Practice: The Case of al-Ayyamp. 128
Why Novels--Not Autobiographies?p. 139
Prison Narratives: Autobiography and Fictionp. 148
The Autobiographical Novel and the Dual Functionp. 157
The Big Housep. 178
The Territory of Autobiography: Mahmud Darwish's Memory for Forgetfulnessp. 183
Autobiography and Polyphonyp. 192
Autobiography and Memoryp. 207
The Use of Autobiography in Rashid al-Da'if's Dear Mr Kawabatap. 217
Autobiography and Intertextuality: Rashid Bujadrap. 229
The Autobiography of the Thief of Fire by 'Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayyatip. 241
'My Hands Assisted the Hands of Events'p. 249
The Female Voice
Coded Emotions: The Description of Nature in Arab Women's Autobiographiesp. 263
Negotiating the Space between Private and Public: Women's Autobiographical Writing in Egyptp. 272
A Life of One's Own?p. 283
Notesp. 292
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780863567278
ISBN-10: 0863567274
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 1st February 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 17.88  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1