1st Edition

Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde Intersection in Egypt

By Elisabeth Kendall Copyright 2006
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    'The Strength of Kendall's study may not be her engagement with Jil al-Sitinat writers at the level of their ideas, but her informative and systematic historicizing of their milieu provides an invaluable resource for just such debates as they evolve in scholorship on contemporary Egyptian letters' - Hosam Aboul-Ela, University of Houston, International Journal of Middle EAst Studies