The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West

Hardcover | November 13, 2008

EditorSaree Makdisi, Felicity Nussbaum

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Alf layla wa layla (known in English as A Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights) changed the world on a scale unrivalled by any other literary text. Inspired by a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, the appearance of Antoine Galland's twelve-volume Mille et Une Nuits in Englishtranslation (1704-1717), closely followed by the Grub Street English edition, drew the text into European circulation. Over the following three hundred years, a widely heterogeneous series of editions, compilations, translations, and variations circled the globe to reveal the absorption of TheArabian Nights into English, Continental, and global literatures, and its transformative return to modern Arabic literature, where it now enjoys a degree of prominence that it had never attained during the classical period. Beginning with a thorough introduction situating The Arabian Nights in itshistorical and cultural contexts-and offering a fresh examination of the text's multiple locations in the long history of modern Orientalism--this collection of essays by noted scholars from 'East', 'West', and in-between reassesses the influence of the Nights in Enlightenment and Romanticliterature, as well as the text's vigorous afterlife in the contemporary Arabic novel.

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Alf layla wa layla (known in English as A Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights) changed the world on a scale unrivalled by any other literary text. Inspired by a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, the appearance of Antoine Galland's twelve-volume Mille et Une Nuits in Englishtranslation (1704-1717), closely followed by the...

Saree Makdisi is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of iRomantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity/i (1998), and iWilliam Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s/i (2003). He has also written a number of articles for publicati...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199554153

ISBN - 13:9780199554157

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Saree Makdisi and Felicity Nussbaum: Introduction1. Madeleine Dobie: Translation in the Contact Zone: Antoine Galland's iMille et une nuits: contes arabes/i2. Robert L. Mack: Cultivating the Garden: Antoine Galland's iArabian Nights/i in the Traditions of English Literature3. Ros Ballaster: Playing the Second String: The Role of Dinarzade in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction4. Bridget Orr: Galland, Georgian Theater, and the Creation of Popular Orientalism5. Nabil Matar: Christians in The Arabian Nights6. Khalid Bekkaoui: White Women and Moorish Fancy in Eighteenth-Century Literature7. Donna Landry: William Beckford's Vathek and the Uses of Oriental Reenactment8. James Watt: The peculiar character of the Arabian Tale: William Beckford and iThe Arabian Nights/i9. Tim Fulford: Coleridge and the Oriental Tale10. Srinivas Aravamudan: The Adventure Chronotope and the Oriental Xenotrope: Galland, Sheridan, and Joyce Domesticate iThe Arabian Nights/i11. Nasser Al-Taee: Under the Spell of Magic: The Oriental Tale in Rimsky-Korsakov's iScheherazade/i12. Maher Jarrar: The Influence of The Arabian Nights on the Contemporary Arabic Novel