Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt 1880-1985 by Samah Selim
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Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt 1880-1985
By Samah Selim

The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt 1880-1985

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Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt 1880-1985 by Samah Selim

Book Description

The book locates questions of languages, genre, textuality and canonicity within a historical and theoretical framework that foregrounds the emergence of modern nationalism in Egypt. The ways in which the cultural discourses produced by twentieth century Egyptian nationalism created a space for both a hegemonic and counter-hegemonic politics of language, class and place that inscribed a bifurcated narrative and social geography, are examined. The book argues that the rupture between the village and the city contained in the Egyptian nationalism discourse is reproduced as a narrative dislocation that has continued to characterize and shape the Egyptian novel in general and the village novel in particular. Reading the village novel in Egypt as a dynamic intertext that constructs modernity in a local historical and political context rather than rehearsing a simple repetition of dominant European literary-critical paradigms, this book offers a new approach to the construction of modern Arabic literary history as well as to theoretical questions related to the structure and role of the novel as a worldly narrative genre.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415318372
ISBN-10: 0415318378
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Samah Selim

Samah Selim is professor of modern Arabic Literature at Princeton University. Her main research interests are 19th and 20th century fiction in Egypt and the Levant.

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