Urban Space In Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo by M. NaamanUrban Space In Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo by M. Naaman

Urban Space In Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo

byM. Naaman

Hardcover | June 13, 2011

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An examination of how the space of the downtown served dual purposes as both a symbol of colonial influence and capital in Egypt, as well as a staging ground for the demonstrations of the Egyptian nationalist movement.
MARA NAAMAN Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Williams College, USA.
Title:Urban Space In Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of CairoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:227 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.82 inPublished:June 13, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230108652

ISBN - 13:9780230108653

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Table of Contents

The Urban as Theoretical Frame Specter of Paris: The Staging of Cairo's Modern City Center Reconstructing a National Past: Radwa 'Ashur's Revisionist History of the Downtown The Indigenous Modernism of Khayri Shalabi: Popular Intellectuals and the Neighborhood Ghurza The Proletarian Revolution that Never Was: Idris 'Ali's Nubian Perspective The Nation Recast through National Bestseller: Alaa al-Aswany's Ode to Downtown Cairo Wust al-Balad as Neo-Bohemia: Writing in Defense of a Vanishing Public Sphere

Editorial Reviews

“In this fascinating and well researched study, Naaman brings a host of works on heritage, nostalgia, modernity and modernization, colonialism and post-colonialism, and, of course, architecture, to bear on her analyses of portraits of downtown Cairo that emerge from four Egyptian novels. The events of February 2011 have brought this very space to the attention of a world-wide public, one that will surely gain from a reading of Naaman’s excellent study.”--Roger Allen, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania“An original, intelligent, and imaginative contribution. Naaman successfully draws the reading of contemporary Arabic literature into a broader set of concerns about modernity, national identity, class, ethnic conflict, and the experience of urban life.”--Timothy Mitchell, Professor of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University“This study adds several dimensions to our understanding of the Egyptian novel: narration of space in the novel, the representation of urban space, and the emergence of a decidedly post-nationalist form of writing. What emerges from Naaman’s discussion is that these novels are part of a definable new literary school whose sites, themes, and styles mark a radical departure from earlier ones.” --Elliott Colla, Chair, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University