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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel

Memory, Trauma, and Capital

Authors: Lang, Felix

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About this book

After the Lebanese Civil War, many Lebanese novelists committed themselves to building a "memory for the future." What resulted was a vital contribution to the legacy of contemporary Arabic literature. Through interviews, literary analysis, and the lens of trauma studies, Lang sheds light on what it means to remember through post-war literature.

About the authors

Felix Lang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Arabic Literature and Culture at the University of Marburg, Germany.

Reviews

"This book is a well researched and serious study of two decades of Lebanese novelistic production in English, French, and Arabic. Lang's frank discussion of the forces at play in the Lebanese literary field brings out the grain of generational literary production in Lebanon. His deft analyses of the civil war theme acknowledges but goes beyond trauma theory and 'the memory industry.' His book will appeal to literary critics, anthropologists, and humanists interested in the cultural life of the Levant as well as those interested in next-generation trauma studies." - Ken Seigneurie, Professor of World Literature, Simon Fraser University, Canada

"Felix Lang brings together several theoretical tools, mainly -but not only- Pierre Bourdieu's sociological analysis of the literary field as a locus of struggle for symbolical power. We discover with this book how the notions of memory and trauma are being used and remodeled by these writers, and we feel compelled to read, re-read, or teach the great novels of the likes of Elias Khoury, Rachid El Daïf, Hoda Barakat or Rawi Hage from new perspectives." - Richard Jacquemond, Professor of Modern Arabic Language and Literature, Aix-Marseille Université, France


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lang, Felix

    Pages 1-12

  • Newspapers, Prizes, and Politics: The Field’s Institutions and the Global and Regional Context

    Lang, Felix

    Pages 15-32

  • The Values of the Field: What Makes a Good Novel in Lebanon?

    Lang, Felix

    Pages 33-49

  • The Civil War Novel and the Break with Tradition

    Lang, Felix

    Pages 53-71

  • Revolutionaries Turned Writers: A Secular Left-Wing Habitus

    Lang, Felix

    Pages 73-92

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55517-5
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55988-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel
Book Subtitle
Memory, Trauma, and Capital
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55517-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137555175
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55988-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 263
Topics