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