Questioning the Father

Published: July 21, 2015

Building on the intellectual and historical context of Darwin’s theory of evolution and its concomitant questioning of a divine father, this book analyzes dramatic and narrative representations of crises in the nineteenth-century patriarchal family and the gradual rise of the independent or New Woman in works by Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, and Hardy. The introduction establishes…

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Per Olov Enquist

Published: July 20, 2015

Ross Shideler offers an in-depth introduction to the works of Per Olov Enquist and discusses the writer’s central themes and the imagery and motifs he uses to develop them. This in-depth study begins with a brief introduction to the social and literary backgrounds that are the foundations for Enquist’s writing. His work is presented in…

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Signifying Loss

Published: July 20, 2015

By remapping the configurations of mourning across modernist, postmodernist, and postcolonial literatures, psychoanalysis and deconstruction (James Joyce, Jamaica Kincaid, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Elias Khoury, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida), Signifying Loss studies not only how loss is signified but also the ethico-political significance of such signifying. First, by examining the dynamics between narrative tropes and mourning, it…

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The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English

Published: July 20, 2015

The novel is a largely imported European genre, coming relatively late to the history of Arab letters. It should therefore perhaps come as no surprise that the first novel to have been written by an Arab was written in English (Ameen Rihani’s The Book of Khalid, 1911). However, subsequent years saw the flourishing of, first,…

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The Making of the Tunisian Revolution

Published: July 20, 2015

From late 2010 to the present day, the Arab world has been shot through with insurrection and revolt. As a result, Tunisia is now seen as the unlikely birthplace and exemplar of the process of democratisation long overdue in the Arab world. Mixing political, historical, economic, social and cultural analyses and approaches, these essays reflect…

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Photography’s Orientalism

Published: July 20, 2015

The Middle East played a critical role in the development of photography as a new technology and an art form. Likewise, photography was instrumental in cultivating and maintaining Europe’s distinctively Orientalist vision of the Middle East. As new advances enhanced the versatility of the medium, nineteenth-century photographers were able to mass-produce images to incite and…

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A Companion to Comparative Literature

Published: July 20, 2015

A Companion to Comparative Literature presents a collection of more than thirty original essays from established and emerging scholars, which explore the history, current state, and future ofcomparative literary studies. Chapters address such topics as the relationship between translation and transnationalism, literary theory and emerging media, the future of national literatures in an era of…

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Belated Travelers

Published: July 20, 2015

In Belated Travelers, Ali Behdad offers a compelling cultural critique of nineteenth-century travel writing and its dynamic function in European colonialism. Arriving too late to the Orient, at a time when tourism and colonialism had already turned the exotic into the familiar, late nineteenth-century European travelers to the Middle East experienced a sense of belatedness,…

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