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Contemporary Arab Fiction

Innovation from Rama to Yalu, 1st Edition

By Fabio Caiani

Routledge

180 pages

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This book introduces Western readers to some of the most significant novels written in Arabic since 1979. Despite their contribution to the development of contemporary Arabic fiction, these authors remain largely unknown to non-Arab readers.

Fabio Caiani examines the work of the Moroccan Muhammad Barrada; the Egyptian Idwar al-Kharrat; the Lebanese Ilyas Khuri and the Iraqi Fu’ad al-Takarli. Their most significant novels were published between 1979 and 2002, a period during which their work reached literary maturity. They all represent pioneering literary trends compared to the novelistic form canonized in the influential early works of Naguib Mahfouz. Until now, some of their most innovative works have not been analyzed in detail – this book fills that gap.

Relying on literary theory and referring to comparative examples from other literatures, this study places its findings within a wider framework, defining what is meant by innovation in the Arabic novel, and the particular socio-political context in which it appears. This book will significantly enrich the existing critical literature in English on the contemporary Arabic novel.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Literary Innovation (Part 1) 1. Fragmentation 2. Polyphony 3. Intertextuality 4. Metafiction. Conclusion: On Literary Innovation (Part 2)

About the Author

Fabio Caiani teaches Arabic in the Department of Arabic and Middle East Studies at the University of St. Andrews, UK

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LCO000000
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General
LCO012000
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Middle Eastern
LIT004220
LITERARY CRITICISM / Middle Eastern
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies