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How Do You Say “Epigram” in Arabic?: Literary History at the Limits of Comparison, written by Adam Talib

In: Journal of Arabic Literature
Author: Lara Harb1
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  • 1 Princeton University
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Adam Talib, (2018) How Do You Say “Epigram” in Arabic?: Literary History at the Limits of Comparison. Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures. Leiden; Boston: Brill. 350 pages. Cloth $149. E-Book $135.

Recent scholarship on Arabic literature of the Mamlūk period has begun to give shape to what was once an amorphous landscape. Nevertheless, the task is hardly easy given that the field remains relatively uncharted territory. The critic has to tread carefully with an awareness of how the biases of our modern vantage point shape this landscape. Our understandings of, and assumptions about genres, aesthetics, and periodization

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