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- DescriptionAmong the world's major literary traditions, Arabic poetry is perhaps unique in that the theme of the hunt runs in a continuous, if uneven, current from the pre-Islamic, oral tradition, dating as far back as the fifth century CE, through the coming of Islam in the seventh century and the Umayyad and 'Abbasid caliphates, ultimately serving as a classical substrate for the radical Modernism of the twentieth century. This striking continuity of theme and motif of the pursuer-the hunter, companions, his steed, hounds, or falcon-and the pursued, whether the prey be oryx, onager, gazelle, hare, quail, or fox, is subject to dramatic transformations of poetic genre, structure, and sensibility throughout the arc of Arab cultural history. Through elegant translations and compelling interpretations, Jaroslav Stetkevych brings this dynamic Arabic tradition fully into the purview of contemporary cultural and humanistic studies. In the chapters of Part I of The Hunt in Arabic Poetry, Stetkevych explores the divergent themes of the heroic and the antiheroic hunter within the grand genre of archaic Arabic odes and its transformation with the transition to Islam to a poetics of sacrifice and redemption. Part II traces the emergent aesthetics of the freestanding hunt lyric within the courtly culture of the Umayyad and 'Abbasid caliphates and the transition from description to imagism, concluding with the appearance of the long narrative hunt poem. Part III moves to the high Modernism of twentieth-century Arab free-verse poets and with it the re-emergence of the classical theme of the hunt, w as a metaphor for the Modernist poet's metapoetic pursuit of the poem itself.
- Author BiographyJaroslav Stetkevych is professor emeritus of Arabic literature at the University of Chicago. His books include: The Modern Arabic Literary Language: Lexical and Stylistic Developments (U. of Chicago P, 1970); The Zephyrs of Najd: The Poetics of Nostalgia in the Classical Arabic Nasib (U. of Chicago P., 1993); Muhammad and the Golden Bough: Reconstructing Arabian Myth (Indiana UP, 1996); Arabic Poetry and Orientalism (ed: St. John's College Research Centre, 2004).
- Author(s)Jaroslav Stetkevych
- PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNotre Dame IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Weight525 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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