Literaturen im Kontext. arabisch – persisch – türkisch

Literatures in Context is a peer-reviewed book series devoted to Near Eastern and North African literatures. The editors want the title of the series to be understood programmatically. They presuppose a concept of world literature that includes Near Eastern and North African literatures. What is more, they assume that literatures are in many ways marked by intertextuality, that they constitute readings of extremely diverse earlier texts, and that they are posited within a field of tensions, much broader than their respective national language. For the earlier eras of Near Eastern and North African literatures, this field of tensions geographically covers the regions of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. In modern times, it has become a space of interaction that has long since included “global” Western literatures (and realities). This does not imply that the modern Near Eastern and North African literatures have severed themselves from their predecessors. Instead it is precisely the tension between different sets of references in modern Near Eastern and North African literatures, or their “local historical context”, which is a great part of their attraction, that remains a crucial field of research for the modern scholar.

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Taha, Ibrahim

Arabic Minimalist Story

Genre, Politics and Poetics in the Self-colonial Era

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 184 p., hardback
49,00 €

One of the major aims of this book is to characterize the Arabic minimalist story as a newly established genre of narrative fiction that exploits a host of “austere” techniques in...

Saugestad , Frode

Individuation and the Shaping of Personal Identity

A Comparative Study of the Modern Novel

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 304 p., hardback
45,00 €

This book endeavors to contribute to comparative literary studies, especially the study of the modern novel, through its analysis of the process of individuation in four distinct...

Damir-Geilsdorf, Sabine

Die »nakba« erinnern

Palästinensische Narrative des ersten arabisch-israelischen Kriegs 1948

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 360 p., hardback
59,00 €

For Palestinians, the term nakba (catastrophe) subsumes the events within the context of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, immediately after the foundation of the state of...

Roos, Burgi

Qamishly, Plumes et Ténèbres

Lectures de quatre œuvres en prose de Salim Barakat

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 226 p., hardback
49,00 €

This study explores the early prose work of the Syrian-Kurdish novelist and poet Salim Barakat (b. 1951). Containing elements of both the realistic and fantastic, his narrative...

Editor: Pflitsch, Andreas; Winckler, Barbara

Poetry’s Voice – Society’s Norms

Forms of Interaction between Middle Eastern Writers and their Societies

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 306 p., hardback
68,00 €

Literary works are much more than mere illustrations of societal conditions. Literature is the setting in which society discusses itself. In this volume, international scholars of...

Editor: Neuwirth, Angelika; Islebe, Andreas Christian

Reflections on Reflections

Near Eastern Writers Reading Literature

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 408 p., hardback
88,00 €

This volume assembles the papers read at a symposium on the diverse forms of literature reception and intertextuality in Middle Eastern literatures in general and Arabic...

Dové, Peter

Erzählte Tradition

Historische und literarische Figuren im Werk von Zakariya Tamir. Eine narratologische Analyse

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 208 p., hardback
29,00 €

Zakariyyā Tāmir (b. 1931) is generally considered to be one of the most innovative authors in contemporary Arabic literature. One characteristic of his short stories is how they...

Würsch, Renate

Nizamis Schatzkammer der Geheimnisse

Eine Untersuchung zu Mahzan ul-asrar

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 432 p., hardback
35,00 €

This study of Niẓāmī’s (d. 1209) Makhzan ul-asrār (Treasure of Mysteries) deals with problems of the work’s history and reception, analyzing the formal setting of the poem as well...

Snir, Reuven

Palestinian Theatre

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 256 p., hardback
59,00 €

The book outlines the development of Palestinian theatre from the first theatrical attempts before 1948, to the heavy blow, which these attempts suffered as a result of the Nakba,...

Abou-Bakr, Randa

The Conflict of Voices in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus and Mahmud Darwish

A Comparative Study

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 224 p., hardback
49,00 €

A comparative analysis of the work of the South African poet Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) and the Palestinian poet Maḥmūd Darwīsh (1942-2008), this study aims to demonstrate how a...

Popp, Stephan

Muhammad Iqbal’s Romanticism of Power

A Post-Structural Approach to His Persian Lyrical Poetry

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 284 p., hardback
59,00 €

A study of the Persian poetry of Muḥammad Iqbāl (1877-1938), today Pakistan’s national poet, this work identifies the position his poems occupied between tradition and modernity,...

Editor: Pannewick, Friederike

Martyrdom in Literature

Visions of Death and Meaningful Suffering in Europe and the Middle East from Antiquity to Modernity

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 380 p., hardback
59,00 €

This book aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the very human phenomenon of martyrdom by analysing in detail its highly varied re-enactments in European and Middle Eastern...

Editor: Gruendler, Beatrice; Marlow, Louise

Writers and Rulers

Perspectives on Their Relationship from Abbasid to Safavid Times

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 260 p., hardback
59,00 €

Nine essays explore the ways in which individual Arabic and Persian authors between the 9th and 17th centuries (with examples drawn from the Abbasid to the Safavid dynasties)...

Editor: Szyska, Christian; Pannewick, Friederike

Crossings and Passages in Genre and Culture

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 228 p., hardback
49,00 €

Crossings and Passages in Genre and Culture scrutinizes the fascinating and diverse wanderings forms of artistic expression, in particular literature, have taken through different...

Guth, Stephan


Eine integrierte »turkoarabische« Romangeschichte (Mitte 19. bis Mitte 20. Jahrhundert)

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 656 p., hardback
59,00 €

Brückenschläge (Building Bridges) is the first detailed and systematic comparison of two modern Middle Eastern literatures, taking the novel genre as a paradigm. The study’s...

Editor: Seigneurie, Ken

Crisis and Memory

The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 260 p., hardback
49,00 €

This volume explores the literary representation of social and political crises that have punctuated the second half of the 20th century in the Middle East. From the creation of...

Hartman, Michelle

Jesus, Joseph and Job

Reading Rescriptings of Religious Figures in Lebanese Women’s Fiction

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 188 p., hardback
39,00 €

Joseph, Jesus and Job are all immediately recognizable religious figures in both Christianity and Islam who have been incorporated into a range of artistic and literary projects...

Akasoy, Anna

Arabische Romantik im Exil

Das poetische Werk des Fauzi al-Ma‘luf

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 320 p., hardback
49,00 €

Thanks to his cycle of poems On the carpet of the wind, the Lebanese writer Fawzī al-Ma ͑lūf (1899−1930) is considered one of the most outstanding representatives of Arabic...

Enderwitz, Susanne

Palästinensische Autobiographien

Unsere Situation schuf unsere Erinnerungen

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 328 p., hardback
42,00 €

The history of Palestine is one written by others, Roman and Arab conquerors, Ottoman and British rulers, and today a Zionist shadow looms. As if finally realizing that claims to...

Furrer, Priska

Sehnsucht nach Sinn

Literarische Semantisierung von Geschichte im zeitgenössischen türkischen Roman

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 296 p., hardback
39,00 €

Towards the end of the 20th century a new interest in the Ottoman and Seljuk past crystallized in Turkish fiction. In the process, not only an array of aspects connected with the...

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