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Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World

Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature

Portraits of Cairo

Authors: Naaman, M.

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An examination of how the space of the downtown served dual purposes as both a symbol of colonial influence and capital in Egypt, as well as a staging ground for the demonstrations of the Egyptian nationalist movement.

About the authors

MARA NAAMAN Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Williams College, USA.

Reviews

"Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature does an admirable job of underlining the ways in which 'a reworking of the past vis-à-vis our cities is an important part of the process in determining who we are (and want to be) in the present'" - Arab Studies Journal

"In this fascinating and well researched study, Naaman brings a host of works on heritage, nostalgia, modernity and modernization, colonialism and post-colonialism, and, of course, architecture, to bear on her analyses of portraits of downtown Cairo that emerge from four Egyptian novels. The events of February 2011 have brought this very space to the attention of a world-wide public, one that will surely gain from a reading of Naaman's excellent study." - Roger Allen, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania

"An original, intelligent, and imaginative contribution. Naaman successfully draws the reading of contemporary Arabic literature into a broader set of concerns about modernity, national identity, class, ethnic conflict, and the experience of urban life." - Timothy Mitchell, Professor of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

"This study adds several dimensions to our understanding of the Egyptian novel: narration of space in the novel, the representation of urban space, and the emergence of a decidedly post-nationalist form of writing. What emerges from Naaman's discussion is that these novels are part of a definable new literary school whose sites, themes, and styles mark a radical departure from earlier ones." - Elliott Colla, Chair, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Urban as Theoretical Frame

    Naaman, Mara

    Pages 1-9

  • Specter of Paris

    Naaman, Mara

    Pages 11-35

  • Reconstructing a National Past

    Naaman, Mara

    Pages 37-70

  • The Indigenous Modernism of Khayri Shalabi

    Naaman, Mara

    Pages 71-104

  • The Proletarian Revolution That Never Was

    Naaman, Mara

    Pages 105-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature
Book Subtitle
Portraits of Cairo
Authors
Series Title
Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11971-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230119710
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10865-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29143-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 227
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