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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Publication details for Professor Paul Starkey

Image: Modern Arabic Literature.Starkey, Paul G (2006). Modern Arabic Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

This is a succinct introduction to modern Arabic literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Designed primarily as an introductory textbook for English-speaking undergraduates, it will also be of interest to a more general readership interested in the contemporary Middle East or in comparative and modern literature. The work attempts to situate the development of modern Arabic literature in the context of the medieval Arabic literary tradition, as well as the new literary forms derived from the West, exploring the interaction between social, political and cultural change in the Middle East and the development of a modern Arabic literary tradition. Poetry, prose writing and the theatre are discussed in separate sections. The work overall aims to give a balanced account of the subject, reflecting the different pace of literary development in diverse parts of the Arab world, including North Africa.