Egyptian Colloquial Poetry in the Modern Arabic Canon: New Readings of Shi'r al-'Ammiyya

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byNoha M. Radwan, Noha Radwan

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For centuries, spoken Arabic was kept separate from the language of literary expression, with poetry exclusively the domain of the latter. Today, modern Egyptian colloquial poetry is a robust, sophisticated, and versatile genre, enjoyed by millions. After the eruption of the revolutionary youth movement in Egypt on January 25th, 2011, this genre became one of the vehicles for revolutionary communications. However, it has long been neglected in the critical space. Here, Noha Radwan offers the first book-length study of the emergence, context, and development of modern Egyptian colloquial poetry and situates in among modernist Arab poetry.

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For centuries, spoken Arabic was kept separate from the language of literary expression, with poetry exclusively the domain of the latter. Today, modern Egyptian colloquial poetry is a robust, sophisticated, and versatile genre, enjoyed by millions. After the eruption of the revolutionary youth movement in Egypt on January 25th, 2011, ...

Noha Radwan is assistant professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.4 × 5.68 × 0.81 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Historically Speaking: Arabic Poetry and the Language of Speech * Shi'r al-'AmmiyyaAnd Modernism in Arabic Poetry * A Modernist in Traditional Garb * A Sage in Fools' Clothing * Among Cairenes

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'Radwan's important study, Egyptian Colloquial Poetry in the Modern Arabic Canon, provides the reader with cogent evidence of the abundant creativity and political significance that Egyptian poets writing in their colloquial dialect project to their society and its audience (and not least following the events of January, 2011). Her study is a welcome and sophisticated insertion of critically-based literature scholarship, both theoretical and applied, into the context of that form of poetic creativity to which the vast majority of speakers of the Arabic language in Egypt regularly respond with the greatest enthusiasm and immediacy. The publication of this study will be a significant addition to the relatively exiguous library of works in English devoted to colloquial poetry from any Arabic-speaking region.'—Roger Allen, emeritus professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania 'This astute study of the emergence of modernist poetry in the Egyptian vernacular treats an important but neglected area of Arabic expressive culture. Considering issues of language use and language politics, and intersections of political culture and literary expression, Radwan offers sensitive readings of three leading vernacular poets who paved the way for today's explosion of colloquial poetry in Egypt and elsewhere.'—Marilyn Booth, Iraq Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Edinburgh