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Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated in this collection. Arranged into three sections, the book looks first at historical developments in the relationship between Arab ... More


Arabic Literatures, ‘Elite’ and ‘Folk’ – Junctions and Disjunctions

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter notes that language has remained the key constituent in the Arabs' self-view and self-esteem. In early Islam, when Arabs had expanded their reach and had the opportunity to evaluate and ... More


Pulp Stories in the Repertoire of Egyptian Folk Singers

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses pulp stories in the repertoire of Egyptian folk singers. In the hands of a master, pulp stories may incorporate characteristic folk themes. The chapter examines the tazhīr or ... More


Simple Forms: Essays on Medieval English Popular Literature

Douglas Gray

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198706090
eISBN:
9780191810480
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706090.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This is a study of the oral background to medieval English literature and of the ‘popular literature’ provided by the literate for the entertainment and instruction of the illiterate or the partly ... More


Introduction Literature and Nation in the Middle East: An Overview

Yasir Suleiman

in Literature and Nation in the Middle East

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748620739
eISBN:
9780748653102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620739.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This book examines the role literature played in constructing, articulating or challenging interpretations of national identities in the Middle East, and most of its chapters are hence devoted to ... More


Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0018
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses the elite treatment of honour crimes in modern Egypt. It focuses on the ways and mechanisms in which elite literature has departed or distanced itself from the traditions and ... More


Poetry Without Poems or Poets

Haun Saussy

in The Ethnography of Rhythm

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270460
eISBN:
9780823270507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Jean Paulhan’s description of “hain-teny,” a form of poetic joust carried out with proverbs by the Merinas of Madagascar, stimulated ethnographers and literary theorists of the early twentieth ... More


The Nahḍa's First Stirrings of Interest in Alf Layla

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter focuses on Alf Layla, with particular emphasis on Naḥda's interest in this work. To many educated Arabs, Alf Layla was the exact opposite of literary classics which are often cited and ... More


How Inauthentic was James Macpherson’s “Translation” of Ossian?

Donald Ostrowski (ed.)

in Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749704
eISBN:
9781501749728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749704.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter talks about the Scottish poet James Macpherson. It analyzes Macpherson's publication of the “Fragments of Ancient Poetry Collected in the Highlands of Scotland,” which he claimed was his ... More


Embodiment and Inscription

Haun Saussy

in The Ethnography of Rhythm

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270460
eISBN:
9780823270507
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Orality is generally consigned to the doorstep in histories of media: the prelude to the “extensions of man” but not one of the extensions itself. Memory in a culture that has not adopted writing ... More


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