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The Postcolonial Arabic Novel

Debating Ambivalence


Muhsin Al-Musawi

This is the first study of its kind to tackle the postcolonial in Arabic fiction. In ten chapters, a lengthy preface and an extensive bibliography, the author discusses and questions a large number of novels that demonstrate cultural diversity and richness in the Arab World. Using current methodologies and discourse analysis, the author highlights engagements with postcolonial issues that relate to identity formation, the modern nation-state, individualism, nationalism, gender and class demarcations, and micro-politics. With this intention, the book locates Arabic narrative in the mainstream of world literature, and establishes the modern Arabic novel in the contemporary literary critical world of postcolonial studies. The author's lucid style and thorough knowledge of the field should recommend the book to students and scholars alike, as it comes in time to meet the needs of the academy for solid writing on Islam and the Arabs.

Structuralist Studies in Arabic Linguistics

Charles A. Ferguson's Papers, 1954-1994


Kirk Belnap and Niloofar Haeri

Containing Charles Ferguson's papers on Arabic linguistics, this volume addresses issues of continuing concern in phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.
The introduction provides a biographical sketch, including excerpts from interviews with Ferguson in which he discusses his career and dealings with Arabic. A critical overview precedes each of the four sections (Diachronica, Phonology, Register and Genre, and General).
This work fills an important gap in the history of linguistics in documenting much of the career and contributions of a formative figure in American linguistics. In addition to updating Ferguson's articles, the volume preserves Ferguson's reflections on the events, personalities, relationships, and issues at the time he wrote the articles, as well as on subsequent developments. A unique and fascinating picture of a pioneer linguist.

Jacob Høigilt

pluralist public debate. While relying heavily on barrages of rhetorical questions and implicit arguments, they avoid serious discussion of difficult issues. These characteristics of their texts are brought out by a discourse analysis based on modern text linguistics, specifically Functional Grammar as

Peter Gran

-451 referencing Richard Jacquemond, Samia Mehrez, and the “Egyptian Republic of Letters.” 5 Hosam Aboul-Ela, “Is There an Arab (Yet) in This Field?: Postcolonialism, Comparative Literature, and the Middle Eastern Horizon of Said’s Discourse Analysis,” Modern Fiction Studies 56.4 (2010), 729-750; for a wide

Waïl Hassan

POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE: HORIZONS OF APPLICATION I. Introduction One of the ironies of postcolonial studies is that colonial discourse analysis began with several theorists who studied colonialism in the Arab world: Albert Memmi (in Tunisia), Frantz Fanon (in Algeria

C.M. De Moor

helps the reader to see more clearly the way a "story" has been "manipulated" by the author. Therefore we will use this procedure in the following analysis. "Discourse "-analysis will help us to read the text more precisely and to establish specific stylistic and rhetorical devices like description

Stephen Sheehi

late Ottoman Empire. In formulating a new critical theory of al-nahḍah , the challenge seems how to reconcile two seemingly conflicting but powerfully insightful traditions of theoretical inquiry: historical materialism and post-structuralist “discourse analysis.” The clichéd antagonism lies

focus, poetry has been losing ground with the eclipse of mo- dernism. Since then, whatever offers itself easily to discourse analysis is bound to draw more attention, a situation that bodes ill for poetry. Aware of such facts, DeYoung is keen on relating al-Sayyab, the man and the poet, to current

Salah Moukhlis

Lacanian psychoanaly- sis, discourse analysis, Marxist thought, and Derridean deconstruction, many commentators have launched a series of readings that aimed primarily at high- lighting the victimhood status of the natives and the extent to which lingering colonial vestiges have aff ected indigenous

Ibrahim Taha

this is particularly true for the very short story, assuming that it is in fact a continuation and a radicalization of the techniques used by the short story. As stated earlier, modern fiction tends to 30 See Suzanne Hunter Brown, "Discourse Analysis and Short Story," in Lohafer and Calrey, Short Story