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New Perspectives on Arabian Nights

Copyright 2005
    ISBN 9780415759151
    160 Pages
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    Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, this comparative study of a selection of The Arabian Nights stories in a cross-cultural context, brings together a number of disciplines and subject areas to examine the workings of narrative. It predominantly focuses on the ways in which the Arabian Nights have transformed as its stories have travelled across historical eras, cultures, genres and media. Departing from the familiar approaches of influence and textual studies, this book locates its central inquiry in the theoretical questions surrounding the workings of ideology, genre and genre ideology in shaping and transforming stories. The ten essays included in this volume respond to a general question, ‘what can the transformation of Nights stories in their travels tell us about narrative and storytelling, and their function in a particular culture?’

    Following a Nights story in its travels from past to present, from Middle East to Europe and from literature to film, the book engages in close comparative analyses of ideological variations found in a variety of texts. These analyses allow new modes of reading texts and make it possible to breach new horizons for thinking about narrative.

    This Book was previously published as a special issue of Middle Eastern Literatures entitled Ideological Variations and Narrative Horizons: New Perspectives on Arabian Nights.

    Chapter 1 Whose Story Is It? Sindbad the Sailor in literature and film, Wen-Chin Ouyang; Chapter 2 Texts of the Arabian Nights and Ideological Variations, Aboubakr Chraïbi, Natasha Romanova; Chapter 3 A Caliph and his Public Relations, Julia Bray; Chapter 4 Narrative Strategies in Popular Literature: ideology and ethics in tales from the Arabian Nights and other collections, Ulrich Marzolph; Chapter 5 The Art of Interruption: The Thousand and One Nights and Jan Potócki, Richard Van Leeuwen; Chapter 6 The House of Fiction and le jardin anglo-chinois, Peter L. Caracciolo; Chapter 7 Traces of the Thousand and One Nights in Borges, Evelyn Fishburn; Chapter 8 A Thousand and One Nights at the Movies, Robert Irwin; Chapter 9 Thousand and One Nights at the Komedie Stamboel: Popular theatre and travelling stories in colonial Southeast Asia, Matthew Isaac Cohen; Chapter 10 Emboldening Dinarzad: the Thousand and One Nights in contemporary fiction, Stephanie Jones; Chapter 11 Afterword: Beyond the Project;


    Wen-Chin Ouyang is a lecturer in Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She works primarily on narrative and storytelling in classical and modern Arabic Literature.

    Geert Jan Van Gelder is Laudian Professor of Arabic in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

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