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9783895003400

Editor: Seigneurie, Ken

Crisis and Memory

The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative

2003
17.0 x 24.0 cm, 260 p., hardback
49,00 €

ISBN: 9783895003400
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Short Description

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 the state of Israel and its continuing aftermath, to the Suez crisis, to the expulsion of the PLO from Jordan, to the Lebanese Civil War, literature “has been there” but seldom has it been considered a useful lens for understanding the causes and perpetuation of these crises. This collection of essays aims to show how literature can illuminate crises of ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and nation. While the contributors hail from several countries and display a variety of critical approaches, they all focus on the representation of space in narrative.

Series Description

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.

Keywords

20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (64) || Autobiographie (3) || Biography & non-fiction prose (109) || Exilliteratur (3) || Gegenwartsliteratur || Literary essays (61) || Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000 (9) || Literary studies: general (97) || Literature: history & criticism (143) || Literaturwissenschaft (56) || Middle East (361) || Palestine (48) || Politics & government (63) || Sociology & anthropology (93) || Sonstige Literaturen (14) || arabische Literatur (3)