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- DescriptionNotably, studies on the Arabic vel tend to focus on canical writers, like the Egyptian velist and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), and leave out or just mention en passant the work of others. This book is t concerned with the ways in which the Arabic vel breaks away from or reproduces Mahfouz's approach and techniques, but focuses instead on the way in which the authors in question engage with the phemena of nationalism, feminism, post- and neo-colonialism, civil war, and social change in the Arab world using an urban scenario as their privileged point of observation. The Arabic city is privileged as a focal point because it is the space where the struggles over issues of nation-building, gender, religion, and class, as well as the patriarchal, colonialist, Zionist, and sectarian violence linked to these issues, manifest themselves most evidently. To this end, From Damascus to Beirut: Contested Cities in Arab Writing brings together four vels published between 1969 and 1989, which have never been approached from this perspective r put in this kind of dialogue before. Ulfat Idilbi's Damascus, Ghassan Kanafani's Haifa, Ahlam Mosteghanemi's Constantine, and Elias Khoury's Beirut are social and historical products, and, as such, as Henri Lefebvre maintains, are deeply rooted in politics and affected by ideology. The cities discussed here, in fact, display the ebbs and flows of political and social life in their respective countries and in the Arab world in general. Each city stands at a crucial point in the history of the Arab world, and the way in which they are represented by their respective authors sets the stage for, and sometimes even foreshadows, an upcoming defeat or disappointment. Albeit for different reasons, Damascus, Haifa, Constantine and Beirut are all expressions of failures either on national, political, social, or ecomic levels. Paradoxically, however, they are also the repositories of their people's hopes and aspirations, as well as of their disappointments. Analysing these vels as such, this book will be of particular interest to postcolonial readers and, more importantly, to English-speaking readers who are interested in the study of modern Arabic literature. Its close textual analysis offers the reader new tools t only for understanding themes and narrative techniques pertaining to the Arabic vel, but also the contemporary political, cultural and social issues that produced them.
- Author BiographyHazem Fadel was born in Latakia, Syria. He received his BA in English Literature from the University of Tishreen in 2005, before going to obtain a Master's degree in Literature in 2009 and a PhD in Literature from the University of Essex in 2015. His research interests focus on postcolonial, Arab, and urban studies.
- Author(s)Hazem Fadel
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication01/02/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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