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Sabry Hafez challenges the widely held assumption that Arabic culture stagnated before its contact with the West at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He traces the revival to the mid-eighteenth century and follows its development throughout the Arab world, showing how the emergence of a new reading public with its distinct 'world view' induced the process of the transformation and genesis of a new literary discourse. This is followed by a detailed study of the dynamics of this process and an outline of the various stages of the formation and transformation of the new narrative discourse until it culminates in the production of a highly sophisticated and mature narrative.
The Genesis of Arabic Narrative Discourse shifts the terms of the debate on the rise of narrative from formal analysis to an analysis of social formation, clarifying many of the issues, which have long dogged critical discussion. It changes the nature of literary history by overlaying its dry chronology with the vivid socio-cultural dimension and by achieving a fine balance between textual and contextual. It tests its major theoretical suppositions by tracing the historical development of narrative discourse as well as through a detailed and sensitive analysis of the short story in a manner that changes the nature of Arabic literary criticism and puts it on an equal footing with modern critical discourse in Western culture.
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Sabry Hafez is a leading literary critic in the Arab World. He has published extensively in Arabic and English, with several books and numerous articles on the Arabic novel, the short story and drama. He is currently lecturer in Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies [University of London].Review:
'Professor Hafez is a devoted and continuing student of the Arabic short story tradition . . . [his] bibliographical details and critical views have made valuable additions to our knowledge of the field.' --Professor Roger Allen
'A highly competent survey of the Arabic short story from it's earliest . . . steps until 1930.' --The Times Literary Supplement
'This particularly valuable study...makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the development of fictional narrative in the Arab world.' --Digest of Middle East Studies
'A very pertinent and very complete analysis...A model of intelligence and scholarship.' --Journal of Arabic Literature
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Book Description Saqi Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110863561497