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  • Front Cover Iconography and Algerian Women?s Writingby Pamela A. Pears

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 79.99

    This book is situated between studies of the material object of the book and Algerian women?s writing. It examines the iconographic depictions on book covers of three of the most studied francophone writers today, Assia Djebar, Nina Bouraoui, and Malika Mokeddem, among others, and shows how these covers have controlled the reception and interpretation... more...

  • Writing Beirutby Samira Aghacy

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    Exploring the ways in which writers utilize the spaces of the city †" joining the factual with the imaginary †" this book shows how idiosyncratic perceptions of Beirut are produced, generating an infinite number of Beiruts. The city emerges as interactive, dynamic and historical, a place that is created from the streets, buildings,... more...

  • War and Occupation in Iraqi Fictionby Ikram Masmoudi

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    The last three decades in Iraqi history can be summarized in these words: dictatorship, war and occupation. After the fall of Saddam’s regime Iraqi novelists are not only writing about the occupation and the current disintegration of Iraq but are also revisiting previous wars that devastated their lives. This book examines how recent Iraqi fiction... more...

  • Studying Modern Arabic Literatureby Roger Allen; Robin Ostle

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    This book is about the career and academic legacy of Mustafa Badawi who transformed the study of Modern Arabic Literature in Western academe in the second half of the 20 th century. During the decades after his appointment in Oxford in 1964, he communicated to students and the wider public the extent to which this literature is such a vibrant component... more...

  • Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fictionby Syrine Hout

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2012; Not Available

    This book examines the phenomenon of the post-civil war Anglophone Lebanese fictional narrative. The texts chosen for study have been produced in, and are substantially about, life in exile. They therefore deal not only with the brutal civil strife in Lebanon (1975-1990) but with one of its crucial and long-standing by-products: expatriation. Syrine... more...

  • Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novelby Hoda Elsadda

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Gender studies in Arabic literature have become equated with women's writing, leaving aside the possibility of a radical rethinking of the Arabic literary canon and Arab cultural history. While the 'woman question' in the Arabic novel has received considerable attention, the 'male question' has gone largely unnoticed. Now, Hoda... more...

  • The Iraqi Novelby Fabio Caiani; Catherine Cobham

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2013; Not Available

    This exploration of the work of Iraqi novelists begins with the early pioneering works and then moves towards an outline of the vibrant Baghdad cultural scene during the 1940s and 1950s. Particular attention is paid to detailed textual analysis and the evaluation and comparison of the aesthetic and poetic qualities of the key works of the four writers... more...

  • Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expoundedby Humphrey Davies; Yusuf al-Shirbini

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    Unique in pre-20th-century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme, Yusuf al-Shirbini?s  Brains Confounded  combines a mordant satire on seventeenth-century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse-and-commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day.   In Volume One, Al-Shirbini describes the three... more...

  • Jasmine and Starsby Fatemeh Keshavarz

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 18.99

    In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to... more...

  • Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkeyby Nergis Erturk

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 35.99 US$ 30.95

    The 1928 Turkish alphabet reform replacing the Perso-Arabic script with the Latin phonetic alphabet is an emblem of Turkish modernization. Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey traces the history of Turkish alphabet and language reform from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, examining its effects on modern Turkish literature. more...