This book provides a succinct introduction to modern Arabic literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Designed primarily as an introductory textbook for English-speaking undergraduates, it will also be of interest to a more general readership interested in the contemporary Middle East or in comparative and modern literature. The work attempts to situate the development of modern Arabic literature in the context of the medieval Arabic literary tradition as well as the new literary forms derived from the West, exploring the interaction between social, political and cultural change in the Middle East and the development of a modern Arabic literary tradition. Poetry, prose writing and the theatre are discussed in separate chapters. The work overall aims to give a balanced account of the subject, reflecting the different pace of literary development in diverse parts of the Arab world, including North Africa. Key Features *A concise introduction to a field that deserves to be better known in the West. *Clear presentation, based on extensive classroom experience of teaching the subject. *Guidance on other sources of further information.
*Extensive bibliography, with list of works in English translation.
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Author Biography - Paul Starkey
Paul Starkey is Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Department, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Durham and Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World. He is co-editor (with Julie Meisami) of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature and author of Modern Arabic Literature (EUP, 2006).