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Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde

Intersection in Egypt, 1st Edition

By Elisabeth Kendall


280 pages

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The author explores the role of journalism in Egypt in effecting and promoting the development of modern Arabic literature from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Remapping the literary scene in Egypt over recent decades, Kendall focuses on the independent, frequently dissident, journals that were the real hotbed of innovative literary activity and which made a lasting impact by propelling Arabic literature into the post-modern era.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Literary Journalism in Egypt: Its Emergence and Development 2. Literary Journalism in Egypt: Increasing Politicization 3. The Theoretical Basis of the Avant-Garde in 1960s Egypt 4. The Sixties Generation and its Politics of Literature 5. The Sixties Generation in Search of a Specific Literary Identity 6. The Establishment of a New Literary Paradigm: The 1970s and Beyond

About the Author

Elisabeth Kendall studied and researched at Oxford and Harvard Universities. Her core research interests lie in twentieth century Arabic and Turkish literature, especially experimental movements. She is a lecturer in Arabic and Turkish at Edinburgh University.

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:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies