An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature

An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature

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This compact survey of Arab literary activity in the 19th and 20th centuries examines the main trends associated with Arab literature and relates the writings to social conditions and political events of the period.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 477g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748601325
  • 9780748601325

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The assumptions and aspirations of Egyptian modernists; the age of translation and adaptation, 1850-1914; the development of a modern prose style; the use of the colloquial in modern Arabic literature; the critics; the narrative genres; the theatrical movement of the Arabs; the treatment of themes relating to Christianity and Judaism in modern Egyptian drama and fiction; idealism and ideology - the case of Tawfiq al-Hakim; unwritten Arabic fiction and drama; tradition, imitation and originality in poetry; in a glass darkly - the faintness of Islamic inspiration in modern Arabic literature.
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