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By M. M. Badawi

This quantity of the Cambridge heritage of Arabic Literature presents the 1st authoritative, entire, severe survey of artistic writing in Arabic from the mid-nineteenth century to the current day. the increase of secular schooling, printing and journalism created a brand new studying public, and Western rules and literary types, particularly the unconventional, the quick tale, and drama, turned influential. This ebook examines the makes an attempt made by way of Arab women and men to evolve the imported varieties in addition to the indigenous literary culture to fulfill the necessities of the trendy international. Quoted fabric is given in English translation and there's an intensive bibliography.

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B A D A W I 1952), all of which appeared in Cairo. In Damascus al-Rabitah al-Adabiyyah (1921-1922) was published, while Beirut saw al-Amall (1938-1941), alMakshuf (1936—1947) and al-Adlb (1942— ), among others. 3. Recoil from Romanticism and rise of conflicting ideologies After the Second World War Arabic literature, indeed the whole of the Arab world, entered a new phase. While Romanticism was discredited, political commitment increased and competition grew fierce between clashing loyalties and ideologies, against a background of internal and external changes.

At that time, in our sex-segregated society, we had to alter the social relations that existed among men and women in an integrated one; so if we wanted to adapt a play in which a man met a woman, we got into all sorts of complications . . It was impossible to make the wife of So-and-So 'display herself in front of the husband of Such-and-Such. We used to get round this in various ways, making this woman the paternal or maternal cousin of that man, and so on, so that men and women in all the plays of that period were related .

Moreh, Modern Arabic poetry\ pp. 98-101. 13 Moosa, 'Early 19th century printing', pp. 210-11. 28 PIERRE CACHIA This appears to have been a somewhat isolated pioneering attempt, but it was not long before the movement gathered strength. Muhammad Yusuf Najm14 mentions some seventy French works of fiction translated in Egypt between 1870 and 1914. Some English and Scottish ones also (notably by Sir Walter Scott) began to appear after the British had made their presence directly felt. 15 Short stories in particular found a ready outlet in journals and even in newspapers, but many novels also first appeared in serialised form in this ephemeral medium, or as special numbers of a periodical.

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