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Titel: A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature
Autor/en: M. M. Badawi
Autor/en: M. M. Badawi
OXFORD UNIV PR
Mai 1993 - gebunden - 384 Seiten
This is the first book in English that gives a concise and authoritative survey of the whole of modern Arabic literature since the mid-nineteenth century. It is designed to help the general reader as well as the student to form a clear picture of the literary achievements of the modern Arabs. The drive for modernization, which started in Egypt and Syria early in the nineteenth century, and which gradually spread to the rest of the Arab world, resulted in the introduction of secular education, printing, journalism, and much translation of western thought and literature. Consequently, a new reading public and a new conception of literature emerged. Inspired by rising nationalism and the conflict between Islam and westernization, writers sought to reflect and indeed change social and political reality, instead of merely displaying verbal skill. This book examines the attempts made by Arab authors to define their cultural identity and meet the needs of the modern world by adapting the imported forms of the novel, short story, and drama, as well as their indigenous poetic and prose tradition.
Introduction: a new conception of Arabic literature. Part 1 Poetry: Neoclassical and Romantic; the modernists. Part 2 The novel and the short story: the pioneers; Naguib Mahfouz and other Egyptians; other Arab writers and further developments in the short story. Part 3 Drama: early developments; the period of maturity.
"A much-needed survey of Arabic literature....The book manages to provide a tremendous amount of information in a relatively small volume. It is no small task to put together such a survey, and Badawi manages to present background information, provide plot summaries, quote poetry, and give critical commentary in an easily manageable and readable form. A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature is an essential reference source that is a very welcome addition to studies on Arabic literature."--International Journal of Middle East Studies
"This relatively compact edition would be ideal for a student home for the holidays."--The Washington Times
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