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Children of our alley The AUC Naguib Mahfouz Award and the Egyptian Literary field

Samia Mehrez

in Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163746
eISBN:
9781617970399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter uses Naguib Mahfouz's 1959 novel Awlad haratina (English translation Children of Our Alley, 1996) and its representation of the status of the scribe of the alley as an extended metaphor ... More


History

Wen-chin Ouyang

in Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748655694
eISBN:
9780748684298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The Arabic novel writes the history of the nation-state in the form of novelised autobiography, biography biographical dictionary of prophets, political leaders, heroes of Islam, and the common folk. ... More


Egypt

Paul Marshall and Nina Shea

in Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812264
eISBN:
9780199919383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812264.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The government uses laws against insulting a heavenly religion or “creating sectarian strife” to repress political dissent and prevent heterodoxy. The reformist Muslim intelligentsia, and the ... More


Critique: Debating Darwin

Michael Allan

in In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691167824
eISBN:
9781400881093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167824.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores competing notions of critique as brought to light by discussions of Charles Darwin, focusing on a section of Naguib Mahfouz's novel, Qasr al-shawq (Palace of Desire), in which ... More


From thehara to the imara Emerging urban metaphors in the literary production on contemporary Cairo1

Samia Mehrez

in Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163746
eISBN:
9781617970399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Whereas the hara represented the well-ordered urban fabric of the old city, the imara has come to embody the contradictions of the global face of the mega-metropolis. This chapter looks at four ... More


The ‘Essence’ of Egypt

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The fourth chapter restores hieroglyphs to their historical and cultural context in post-Revolutionary Egypt, exploring how interpretations of the Pharaonic past and its hieroglyphs intervened in ... More


‘The Invention of Tradition’1

Wen-chin Ouyang

in Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748655694
eISBN:
9780748684298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The Arabic novel invents a tradition of Arabic storytelling and reconfigures the Arab cultural heritage. The novelists join forces with the poets in a project of fashioning a revolutionary language ... More


World: World

Michael Allan

in In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691167824
eISBN:
9781400881093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167824.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on the world of world literature—understood as either the site at which a literary work is produced (for world systems theory) or the site disclosed in the literary work itself ... More


The Mysterious (DIS)Appearance of Tradition

Wen-chin Ouyang

in Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748655694
eISBN:
9780748684298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Arabic literary tradition, as created in the labyrinth of Arabic novel's intertextual engagement with pre-modern texts, has no recognisable form. It is irreducible to a body of canonical texts. It ... More


Of Other Cities

Yasmine Ramadan

in Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474427647
eISBN:
9781474476775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427647.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter expands the literary map beyond the boundaries of Cairo and moves to the coastal city of Alexandria. A city that was largely absent from the literary landscape throughout much of the ... More


Story

Wen-chin Ouyang

in Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748655694
eISBN:
9780748684298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Personalisation of history privileges pre-modern popular forms of storytelling, such as the popular epic (sira sha'biyya), which now frames autobiography and biography in the Arabic novel that tells ... More


Epilogue/Prologue

Hala Halim

in Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251766
eISBN:
9780823252992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251766.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The epilogue/prologue addresses a variety of engagements with Alexandrian cosmopolitanism and/or with the three canonical authors. A corpus of Alexandrian memoirs by émigrés of foreign or mixed ... More


Majnun Strikes Back

Tarek El-Ariss

in Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823251711
eISBN:
9780823252800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251711.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the association of homosexuality with madness in two contemporary novels, Hanan al-Shaykh's Innaha London ya ʿAzizi (Only in London) (2000) and Hamdi Abu Golayyel's Lusus ... More


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