Arabic Literature

Arabic Literature

Postmodern Perspectives

Edited by , ,

Introduction by Ines Kappert


9780863566943 April 2010 Paperback 512pp

About the Book

Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives introduces the work of twenty-nine pivotal authors from the Arab world writing in Arabic, English, French and Hebrew.

Organised around the central themes of memory, place and gender, each of which is discussed in an introductory essay, this volume provides a critical framework for Arab literature, locating it alongside other contemporary world literature.

The contributors maintain that Arabic literature reflects the Western postmodern condition without denying its own traditions. As such, Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives paves the way for an important cultural dialogue between East and West.

This collection is ideal for students of Arabic and comparative literature and equally of interest to general readers.

About the Contributors

Andreas Pflitsch teaches Arabic Studies at the University of Bamberg and the Free University of Berlin.

Angelika Neuwirth is Chair of Arabic Studies at the Free University of Berlin.

Barbara Winckler teaches Modern Arabic Literature at the Free University of Berlin.


‘An immensely valuable book, extraordinarily intelligent in its conception and design and its rigor, vigour and scholarship.’
Sabry Hafez

'Each essay offers a critically insightful examination of a particular author of work, and the coverage of the region is admirable in terms of both geographical spread and literary genre … An important contribution to the study of modern Arabic literature.’
Roger Allen

‘Providing illuminating scholarly references and critical insights ... Especially interesting for their attention both to well-known and less familiar Arab authors’