Literature And Nation In The Middle East by Yasir SuleimanLiterature And Nation In The Middle East by Yasir Suleiman

Literature And Nation In The Middle East

EditorYasir Suleiman, Ibrahim Muhawi

Hardcover | February 15, 2006

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This compelling study presents an original look at how 'the nation' is represented in the literature of the Middle East. It includes chapters on Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Israel, drawing on the expertise of literary scholars, historians, political scientists and culturaltheorists.The book offers a synthesising contribution to knowledge, placing Arab literature within the context of emergent or conflicting nationalist projects in the area.The approaches taken by the authors range from textual and rhetorical analysis to historical accounts of the role of literature in contributing to national identity, and political analysis of the use of literature as a tool in conflict resolution. Genres covered include fiction (the novel), poetryand verbal duelling.This unique exploration of the subject of literature and the nation in the Arab world will be of interest to anyone studying Middle Eastern literature and nationalism, as well as historians and political scientists.
Yasir Suleiman is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Chair of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Ibrahim Muhawi is Fellow at the Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and Islam.
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Title:Literature And Nation In The Middle EastFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748620737

ISBN - 13:9780748620739

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This compelling study presents an original look at how 'the nation' is represented in the literature of the Middle East. It includes chapters on Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Israel, drawing on the expertise of literary scholars, historians, political scientists and cultural theorists.The book offers a synthesising contribution to knowledge, placing Arab literature within the context of emergent or conflicting nationalist projects in the area. Topics addressed include:? the roles of literature and interpretation in defining national identity? exile? conflicting nationalisms? conflict resolutionThe approaches taken by the authors range from textual and rhetorical analysis to historical accounts of the role of literature in contributing to national identity, and political analysis of the use of literature as a tool in conflict resolution. Genres covered include fiction (the novel), poetry and verbal duelling.This unique exploration of the subject of literature and the nation in the Arab world will be of interest to anyone studying Middle Eastern literature and nationalism, as well as historians and political scientists. A study on the literary construction of the nation in the Middle East is most welcome today, particularly with its emphasis on Palestinian and Hebrew literature and the wider Palestinian/Israeli dilemma. Many of the countries covered in the studies are going through severe trials of confidence, Iraq, Algeria and the Sudan, so this is an opportune moment to see how writers from these countries perceive themselves and their identity.